Judicial Candidate Kim Todd Uses YouTube Messaging
by Spartacus Thrace
Two of the hardest things to figure out when voting for a judge is (1) who the candidates are and (2) what they each believe in. Many voters enter the voting booth with little or no information about the judicial candidates and try to figure it out as they are eyeballing their ballot for the first time. Since the major part of the array of county and circuit judges in Pinellas County and the rest of the Sixth Judicial Circuit are very liberal and think of themselves more as ruling oligarchs than public servants, they and the Marxist radicals who run the St. Petersburg Times are perfectly content with keeping the voters in the dark. It is therefore up to the conservative blogosphere to sort things out.
While researching a larger article on the Pinellas County-Sixth Judicial Circuit judicial candidates for publication in this space in a few more weeks, I was struck by the efforts that a few of the candidates undertook to carefully ration and manage public information about themselves and cultivate a public image based more on voter acceptability than fact. Most, however, are actually quite decent people who are new to the political process, nervous about letting the Great Unwashed learn heretofore private information about themselves, yet willing to give it a go and mingle with the public on the campaign trail. Some have even shown some real initiative and creativity in their use of meager campaign funds to promote their respective candidacies.
This is not to give away the coming story, but one candidate in particular, Kimberly “Kim” Todd, candidate for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court, Group 30 in Pasco and Pinellas counties, has taken to producing a series of amateur YouTube videos and circulating them on Facebook and other social networking venues to define her candidacy, draw attention to the race she is in, and attract supporters. So far, the effort has helped to increase her visibility among several local political interest groups and the members of the corps of “supervoters” who will likely decide her race come next August 24th.
The first video, released in Mid-May, provided background on Kim Todd, and information about her experience relative to her qualifications to be a judge:
The second video, released on June 25th, is much more of a candidate messaging device, offering the viewer both advice on what to look for in choosing a judge and why he or she should vote for Ms. Todd. It also subtly but clearly reveals Ms. Todd to be a conservative:
A source close to the Todd campaign says that they expect to release at least one more video, and possibly as many as three videos, between now and the August 24th Election Day.
These videos are quite crude by the standards of modern political media, to be sure, but they also are quite inexpensive, flexible and effective in communicating essential information to voters via the internet. So far, no other local judicial candidate is exploiting the internet media in this way. The videos also demonstrate that Ms. Todd is both eager to communicate with voters and capable of working very hard to get their votes, two things that always appeal to voters. If Ms. Todd is elected Judge of the Circuit Court on August 24th, one can expect that in future judicial races every serious candidate will employ YouTube in their messaging.