Walk This Way

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

When Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (who I have now dubbed “Joe the Guitarist”) offered his endorsement this morning of John McCain for President, the self-described “hard core Republican” had me cheering. Like “Joe the Plumber”, this “Joe” gets it.

Perry said that issues like national security and anguish over the economy prompted him to split from the rest of the entertainment world and throw his support behind McCain. “The Guitarist”, a man of humble beginnings who still lives in New Hampshire, talked about how his parents drilled it into him at a young age that hard work leads to success and that having people like Schwarzenegger and Giuliani on board definitely encouraged him to “raise his hand” to support McCain.

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Democrat VP Nominee Joe Biden to endorse Republican Abram Wilson in AD15!?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

“Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden in a recent visit to the Bay Area a few days ago endorsed Abram Wilson, the Republican Candidate running in the sharply contested 15th District Assembly Race in Contra Costa, Alameda, Sacramento, and San Joaquin Counties. This seat, the most contested legislative district in Northern California, has a 2% registration difference between Republicans and Democrats – Biden’s endorsement could put Wilson over the top.”

And – if you believe that – I have some swampland in Florida to sell you.

The thought of the liberal “Joe Senator” endorsing mainstream Republican Wilson is about as likely as the thought of Republican VP Nominee Sarah Palin endorsing union-backed Joan Buchanan in this contested race.

Yet, a mailer sent out this week from a group called “Create Change – Support Joan Buchanan Independent Expenditure Committee” suggested that Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin was indeed supporting Buchanan, a Democrat.

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Palin Power?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

I was challenged several weeks ago to look at the record of Sarah Palin and John McCain and compare that to the alternative to see who would be best for California businesses and families.

I own a technology company with my husband that deals with custom software in the health care and life science industries. I’ve been on the front lines dealing with issues like workplace flexibility as an advocate for jobs and competitiveness.

I wanted to get past the “fad” and Rock Star appeal. What is “Palin Power”? Is she really a “Barracuda”? Will she help working women as “Sarah the Riveter”? Or, is she just “Caribou Barbie”?

Unless you are “Hilary”, “Oprah”, “Angelina” or “Madonna”, it’s uncommon to be known by your first name and receive immediate name ID. But in a short 35 days since her selection to the Republican ticket, “Sarah” has become a phenomenon – the glasses, the Tina Fey jokes, those fabulous boots she wore to her first appearance in Silicon Valley this past Sunday. “Rock star” is an understatement.

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