First of all, thanks to everyone associated with the ABC Party for taking the time to vote in the first phase of the primaries. At 48 out of a possible 60 voters, or 80%, our party had the best turnout of the three parties involved. Despite the suggestions of others that we would not turn out in high numbers, we maintained our solidarity and unity. Hopefully we can continue to do so in the second phase of the primaries, and more importantly, in the general election itself. In fact, I hope we can even increase our numbers of voters. If we can get everyone who voted to do so again, and get the other 12 guys involved, I still maintain that this election is ours for the taking. Thanks in particular to the guys who voted for me specifically, I appreciate it. Now I just need to figure out a way to get more of you to do so, which I will attempt to do in this thread. It won't be easy, because as I have continued to say throughout this whole process, Dagger Dias and The Killjoy are both excellent candidates to become our newest moderator. I won't throw either of them under the bus or trash talk them because frankly, I think they are both deserving candidates and I have little negative to say about either of them. I continue to maintain that I am the better option for this election, though, as I will discuss now. My position has been clear from the outset. I want to moderate in the non-spam wrestling section. Specifically, I want to co-moderate the TNA section along side of It's Damn Real. I have already stated on several occasions why I have chosen this area. The focus of these forums should continue to be non-spam wrestling; there is a far greater degree of traffic and therefore a much larger demand for moderating in these sections. The WWE section is already totally under control. IDR has TNA under control as well but as this section experiences increasing traffic for an improving product, and as the demands upon IDR's time increases in his personal life, I think the time is now to add a second TNA moderator. IDR himself has stated that he is receptive to the idea. And I think that I have the longevity, the experience, and the ability to do the job effectively, and I can do so by moderating from a different perspective than IDR, thereby encouraging more debate and keeping things interesting but respectful. The dynamic that IDR and I can bring collectively could be interesting, and I hope to be given the opportunity to prove it. With regards to Dagger, I think he would be an excellent choice to be a moderator on these forums. He can boast both quantity and quality with respect to his posting abilities. He is intelligent, polite, respectful, passionate, and would be an asset to the staff, IF he were to be chosen by the administrators by conventional means. But the simple fact of the matter is, this is not the typical approach to selecting a new mod. This is a general election open to everyone, it is a popularity contest and as such, it has to be looked at differently. In my opinion, Dagger receives a lot of unfair and unnecessary grief from other posters on these forums. While I do not share the sentiments of those who bash him on here, there is no denying that among some people on these forums, there is a distinct anti-Dagger opinion amongst the uncommitted voting population from whom we will need votes to win this election. As I said, I feel guilty about even bringing it up because the bullshit that I read about Dagger on here is typically inaccurate and unfair and does not represent my views on him at all, yet there is no denying that these thoughts are on here. And this is a popularity based election and such sentiments will not help our chances of winning this election. The whole load of crap that continues to be dredged up regarding that video game is one example of this. Dagger chose to share his video game with the members of these forums, and received a lot of unnecessary and unfair criticism of his efforts. He reacted in a manner that many of us, myself included, would have reacted. He was insulted and got defensive. While I think the continued references by others to this game is stupid, the fact of the matter remains that a lot of people still make reference to it, and I think votes will be lost because of it. Similarly, there are the nonsensical comments that people post on here about Dagger. Quantity over quality, post padding, "Daggerizing" posts, etc., all a bunch of bullshit if you ask me, but nonetheless, this sentiment is unfairly out there and as such, when someone who may be considering an option to Coco (or someone else) is contemplating voting, I think a lot of guys will not choose him for these reasons. Look at the comments posted by guys like JGlass, Doc, Nick, Justin, Coco, Milenko, Slyfox, Mozz, and others. Even guys within our own party, such as Muffin Top Merkley and shattered dreams, have spoken negatively of Dagger and have suggested that in all likelihood, they will not support him in the general election.They all make clear anti-Dagger comments, indicating they won't vote for him, and are encouraging others to not vote for him either. This is the last thing we need for the representative of our party who, in addition to carrying our own entire vote, will need the support of the non-ABC guys, to win the election. Simply put, I don't think he'll get it. Make no mistake about it, if he is our representative, he will unquestionably receive my support, 100%, but I think my views are not shared by several people beyond the confines of our own party, or for that matter, even within our own party. There has also been a little waffling regarding the section to be moderated. First, Dagger indicated he wanted to do VG &T. Once the necessity of this section was questioned, he shifted gears into the WWE section. Then he suggested he'd do several sections. It seems to be a little all over the place, trying to appeal to everyone by promising everything. When pressed, he tends to revert back to the VG & T section which I continue to maintain, does not receive enough traffic and interest to warrant a full time moderator. All due respect to Dagger, but I think my thoughts regarding co-moderation of TNA are far more relevant and necessary than any of his fluctuating positions. Regarding Killjoy, I really cannot criticize him either. I think his knowledge of and passion for TNA is terrific, and he'd be a good moderator there as well. All due respect, though, the suggestion is out there that he tends to be a little trigger happy with regards to reporting posts, many of which are borderline violations, or not violations at all. And I think he displays a strong pro TNA bias which is not necessarily a bad thing, but just seems to be a little redundant with IDR. I think I provide an alternative to, and some balance with, IDR, whereas Killjoy will just echo everything IDR is already saying and as such, won't be as effective a moderator as I would be. I do truly believe that Killjoy will be an excellent moderator on these forums- someday. But I don't think that day is today, and not by way of this election. When choosing our candidate for the ABC Party, look first and foremost at who can do the job effectively. I think that will apply to all three of us. But then, look beyond this, to the whole idea of electability, ie, who can go face to face, head to head, with DFP or La Resistance, and give them all they can handle? Who can maintain current support within our party? Who can lure guys away from other parties? Who can draw in undecided voters from the general forum population? I would suggest that it isn't Dagger Dias. It isn't The Killjoy. It is hatehabsforever. I encourage you to think about all of this, and choose wisely when voting. After all, we want to ultimately choose someone who will win the election. Otherwise, it will have all been an exercise in futility.