Big Announcement: I Am Now Consulting For The Duncan Hunter Campaign

by John Hawkins | February 15, 2007 1:00 am

A little more than a week ago, I mentioned that I had gotten a gig helping one of the presidential contenders[1] build up his web presence, but that I couldn’t mention who it was at the time. When they gave me the go ahead, I promised to post again and give you all the details. Well, at long last, that time has now come.

On February 3, Nathan Tabor from TCV Media[2] got in touch with me and asked if I’d be interested in consulting for the Duncan Hunter campaign. We bantered back and forth, came to a basic understanding that Saturday, and then finalized the deal the next day. Long story short, TCV Media[2] brought me on board to be their point person in building up buzz for Duncan Hunter[3] online.

Since I am a blogger who’s doing some consulting on the side, not a consultant doing blogging to get his name out there, I did attach a condition to my employment that Nathan was willing to go along with:

#1) I agreed to work a maximum of 3 months for the campaign — which should be, in my estimation anyway, plenty of time to give Hunter a huge boost in name recognition and prominence in the blogosphere.

Additionally, while I am working on the campaign, I’m not planning to blog about any of the 2008 Republican contenders on RWN unless a story too big to ignore hits the wires. That’s because I don’t want to come across like a shill for Duncan if I eviscerate one of his opponents or talk him up. Additionally, if I’m done by May of 2007, at the latest, it’s not as if it will be too late to get in on the serious 2008 discussions.

A few other details of note

** While I was hired to work specifically on the Duncan Hunter campaign, I want to emphasize that I was recruited and hired as an independent contractor by TCV Media,[4] not by the Hunter campaign. Additionally, I am not a blogger or public spokesperson for the Hunter campaign.

** If you’re wondering what kind of dough I’m making, let’s just say that it’s less than what most blog consultants make (Nobody will ever get me this cheap again), which is fine with me, because I wanted the experience and I’m a big fan of Duncan Hunter.

In fact, after I interviewed Hunter[5] back in December, I liked him so much that I actually offered to set up some interviews for him with bloggers to help get his name out there. In the end, none of them actually came off and ironically, I am now getting paid, in part at least, to do exactly the same thing.

** I am particularly jazzed to be helping out Duncan Hunter because he is a hawkish, tough on illegal immigration, pro-2nd Amendment, social conservative, with the best national security credentials in the Republican field — and don’t just take my word for that now that I work as a consultant for the campaign. Read what I wrote about Hunter before TCV Media[2] contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in working on the campaign:

An Interview With Duncan Hunter[6]
Can Duncan Hunter Win The Primaries?[7]
Ranking The Most Desired 2008 Republican Candidates[8]
The Conservative Case for Duncan Hunter In 2008[9]

** Last but not least, if you have a large online media outlet and are interested in doing a profile on Duncan or setting up an interview, you can reach me at John -at- TCVmedia.com.

Blogs writing about this story include:

The David All Group[10]
Riehl World View[11]
Eckernet[12]
Smart Christian[13]
Pajamas Media[14]
Outside the Beltway[15]
bRight & Early[16]
Blue Crab Boulevard[17]
Chicago Ray[18]
Spark It Up!!![19]
Bitsblog[20]
GraniteGrok[21]
Election Projection[22]
Reasoned Audacity[23]
Solomonia[24]
IMAO[25]
The Jawa Report[26]
Pro-Life Blogs[27]
The Political Pitbull[28]
Alarming News[29]
Big Blue Wave[30]
Beltway Blogroll[31]
Brainster’s Blog[32]
American Pundit[33]
Free Republic[34]
Sister Toldjah[35]
Sites That Don’t Suck[36]
JackLewis[37]
Newsbeat 1[38]
Reformed Chicks Blabbing[39]
Iowa Voice[40]
Marathon Pundit[41]
Nationwide Monthly Call For Life[42]
Ankle Biting Pundits[43]
The Real Ugly American[44]

Endnotes:
  1. I had gotten a gig helping one of the presidential contenders: https://rightwingnews.com/mt331/2007/02/my_consulting_gig_with_a_2008.php
  2. TCV Media: http://www.tcvmedia.com
  3. Duncan Hunter: http://www.gohunter08.com/
  4. TCV Media,: http://www.tcvmedia.com
  5. interviewed Hunter: https://rightwingnews.com/interviews/duncanhunter.php
  6. An Interview With Duncan Hunter: https://rightwingnews.com/interviews/duncanhunter.php
  7. Can Duncan Hunter Win The Primaries?: https://rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_12_10.PHP#006994
  8. Ranking The Most Desired 2008 Republican Candidates: https://rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2007_01_07.PHP#007148
  9. The Conservative Case for Duncan Hunter In 2008: http://townhall.com/columnists/JohnHawkins/2007/02/02/conservative_case_for_duncan_hunter_in_2008
  10. The David All Group: http://www.davidallgroup.com/?p=196
  11. Riehl World View: http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2007/02/hawkins_signs_o.html
  12. Eckernet: http://www.eckernet.com/2007/02/duncan_hunter_picks_up_a_blogger.html
  13. Smart Christian: http://www.smartchristian.com/?p=4229
  14. Pajamas Media: http://pajamasmedia.com/2007/02/another_blogger_joins_a_presid.php
  15. Outside the Beltway: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2007/02/john_hawkins_consulting_for_duncan_hunter_campaign_/
  16. bRight & Early: http://www.brightandearlyblog.com/2007/02/first-cup-021507/
  17. Blue Crab Boulevard: http://bluecrabboulevard.com/2007/02/15/blogging-consultants/
  18. Chicago Ray: http://chicagoray.blogspot.com/2007/02/we-conservatives-should-look-at-this.html
  19. Spark It Up!!!: http://kilosparksitup.blogspot.com/2007/02/blogging-duncan-hunter.html
  20. Bitsblog: http://bitsblog.florack.us/?p=5131
  21. GraniteGrok: http://granitegrok.com/blog/2007/02/duncan_hunter_doesnt_fool_around.html
  22. Election Projection: http://www.electionprojection.com/archives020107.html#hawkinshunter021507
  23. Reasoned Audacity: http://www.charmaineyoest.com/2007/02/john_hawkins_consulting_for_du.php
  24. Solomonia: http://www.solomonia.com/blog/archives/010049.shtml
  25. IMAO: http://www.imao.us/archives/007322.html
  26. The Jawa Report: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/186553.php
  27. Pro-Life Blogs: http://www.prolifeblogs.com/articles/archives/2007/02/conservative_bl.php
  28. The Political Pitbull: http://www.thepoliticalpitbull.com/2007/02/hawkins_joins_hunter_campaign.php
  29. Alarming News: http://www.alarmingnews.com/archives/005700.html
  30. Big Blue Wave: http://bluewavecanada.blogspot.com/2007/02/right-to-life-bill-introduced-in-us.html
  31. Beltway Blogroll: http://beltwayblogroll.nationaljournal.com/archives/2007/02/blogger_takes_c.php
  32. Brainster’s Blog: http://brainster.blogspot.com/2007_02_11_archive.html#5976597257099714680
  33. American Pundit: http://amerpundit.com/archives/386
  34. Free Republic: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1785591/posts?q=1&&page=51
  35. Sister Toldjah: http://sistertoldjah.com/archives/2007/02/15/congrats-to-john-hawkins/
  36. Sites That Don’t Suck: http://sitesthatdontsuck.com/2007/01/27/site/duncan-hunter-for-us-president-official-site/
  37. JackLewis: http://jacklewis.net/weblog/archives/2007/02/john_hawkins_di.php
  38. Newsbeat 1: http://newsbeat1.com/2007/02/jeff-jacoby-statehood-for-palestine.html
  39. Reformed Chicks Blabbing: http://reformedchicksblabbing.blogspot.com/2007/02/john-hawkins-is-consulting-for-duncan.html
  40. Iowa Voice: http://www.iowavoice.com/2007/02/16/some-weekend-linkage/
  41. Marathon Pundit: http://marathonpundit.blogspot.com/2007_02_01_archive.html#2272893746737555591
  42. Nationwide Monthly Call For Life: http://marchforlife.blogspot.com/2007/02/h.html
  43. Ankle Biting Pundits: http://www.anklebitingpundits.com/
  44. The Real Ugly American: http://therealuglyamerican.com/2007/02/17/john-hawkins-goes-to-work-for-duncan-hunter/

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