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Come on, I’ll Visit My Congressman’s Office, but Not During TNT’s Leverage

I realize that organizers of all stripes tend to inflate their numbers, and counting heads in a crowd is an inexact science in the best of circumstances. But this is an interesting contrast:

Albany Times-Union, Sept. 1:

MoveOn says they have 1,081 people expected to attend Wednesday evening’s vigil in front of [20th district Congressman Scott Murphy]’s Hudson Office.

Albany Times-Union, Sept. 3:

The dilemma facing Murphy, a Glens Falls Democrat in a largely Republican district, was in full evidence Wednesday night as about 120 MoveOn.org members showed up for a candlelight vigil at his downtown office here, to let the congressman know in no uncertain terms that they expect him to back what they call a “strong public option” as part of the proposed Obama health care overhaul.

Was something really good on television last night? Did somebody throw a last-minute party and send out 961 invites?

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