BY BUDDY NEVINS
Sunrise candidate Jim Tabeek lost his campaign last week by eight vote after a recount.
Maybe one reason was a campaign mistake.
Tabeek ended the last week of his campaign with roughly $11,000 in the bank.
Tabeek appears to have violated what consultants tell me is a basic campaign rule:
Spend everything you have. You won’t have a second chance after the votes are counted.
Now, maybe he used the left over money between the March 7 deadline for his final disclosure form on file and election day, March 12.
It didn’t matter by then, did it? It should have been spent earlier.
This is especially true since an increasing number of voters cast absentee ballots.
If Tabeek had spent that campaign money earlier, he might have made up those eight votes.
Neil Kerch, the winner in the race – by those eight votes – ended the campaign with only $1,900 in the bank.