The Insider paid a visit to the Green Building Exchange Tuesday, not only to buy some pervious concrete and cork flooring for the Chateau d’Insider, our secluded compound, but also to check out a new effort, spearheaded by PG&E and Sustainable San Mateo County, to help people go “green.”
And who should we run into but our old friend* Jeffrey Anderson, co-chair of the John Edwards for President campaign here in California.
Anderson said he stopped by to say hello to his buddy, Bill Coleman, president of the Green Building Exchange and former chief operating officer of Planktos Inc., a Foster City company that aims to reduce carbon dioxide levels by expanding the growth of the ocean’s phytoplankton.
“This is a chance to see old friends and meet new ones,” said Anderson, adding that the Edwards campaign is deeply invested in energy and environmental issues.
It shows that “hubris and ‘inevitable’ are a bad combination,” said Anderson, presumably referring to frontrunner Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., whose campaign at times has suggested that the former First Lady’s victory in the Democratic primaries is a foregone conclusion.
Clinton came in fourth at the Oct. 21 event with 16.8 percent of the vote. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was third with 22.5 percent and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, was second with 23.6 percent.
Anderson said people are finally starting to pay close attention to the campaign. Capturing the votes of people in states with early contests — including Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire and South Carolina — is more important than leading national polls, he added.
Anderson noted that, in November 2003, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was trailing far behind frontrunner Howard Dean. But Kerry took the first contest of 2004, the New Hampshire primary, and wound up cruising to the Democratic nomination.
“The people who are paying attention in the first four states are the ones who are going to shape it,” said Anderson, whose candidate is running third behind Clinton and Obama in national polls.
California made a legal change this year to move its primary up to Feb. 5 in order to make the state’s vote more relevant to the national outcome. Whether the first-ever San Mateo County Straw Poll is indicative of Democratic sentiment in the Bay Area and statewide remains to be seen.
*We’d actually never met.