BY BUDDY NEVINS
Florida House candidate Yomin Postelnik gave Broward the best example this week of how the Internet’s social media is changing campaigning.
Facebook allowed Postelnik, who fighting an uphill battle for state House District 91, into the delivery room on Tuesday as his wife Shaya gave birth to the couple’s third child.
Minutes after birth shot by the candidate with a cell phone camera and sent to supporters
Postelnik fed supporters breathless updates from the delivery room on Facebook:
- “Leah just called Shaya. “What are you doing Mommy?”— Yesterday at 11:19am via Facebook for BlackBerry ·
- “Still watching the monitor that’s drawing lines on paper. Not yet born baby still doing very well on his or her lie detector test. Yesterday at 2:50pm via Facebook for BlackBerry.
- Sheridan Folger: “This is taking on the pace of an election. I’m starting to think you and the child have concocted this entire drawn out event merely for campaign publicity. ;)”
- “Shaya doesn’t care if it’s a brother or a sister. Just so long as it’s another healthy terrorist.” 3:05pm via Facebook for BlackBerry.
- “They say you can talk to them in the womb but I don’t know about planning. The baby’s already announced his support for CDR Tom Garcia in FL-24 and likes me for state, but that took place after we met face to face.” Yesterday at 3:22 p.m. for BlackBerry.
- “It’s a boy! Thank the Almighty! And blessings to all!” Yesterday at 3:59pm via Facebook for BlackBerry
- “And it’s a Republican! (looks very smart).” Yesterday at 4:11pm via Facebook for BlackBerry.
Later, another Facebook friend asked Postelnik for the baby’s name.
“We have the name picked out, but don’t name him till the 8th day – will let you know,” wrote Postelnik, a religious Jew.
Later Pastelnik e-mailed me:
“My wife Leah’s doing great. We have two other children – a son, Shaya (turning 3 on Sun. – who we adopted through Camelot Care here in Broward) and Sarah (16 months).
“Just spent the whole day with Leah (and two phones) and facebook being the easiest place to give updates to friends, family, etc.
“We’re the campaign that works tirelessly. It started out with just the two of us and a few friends helping part time and it’s growing. We’re the only ones to put forward an economic development platform, a jobs fair and more. We’re going to keep fighting hard and this only makes me focus harder. We’ll also be having a series of debates (starting 03/11 at the Davie GOP – not in the District, but am expecting many activists throughout Broward to be there). You don’t need to raise a ton of money if you get all your materials donated, get your precinct captains in place and properly motivated. But, as you know, to keep them motivated you need to present real solutions.
“I like how you demand better of our political representatives, even if we have different political philosophies (intentions go a lot farther than ideology, especially on local and state issues). Feel free to call or email any time.”
The Republican-leaning, northeast Broward state House District 91 is currently held by state Rep. Ellyn Bogdanoff, who is leaving it to run for state Senate.
The other Republican candidates are David Maymon and George Moraitis. Republican-turned-Democrat Barbra Stern is running as a D.
(Note: Please forgive Postelnik for the spelling and punctuation during the emotional event and the aftermath.)