Oxford GOP First Selectman Candidate Picks Campaign Manager

Temple chooses Blake Denham to help with campaign.

Editor's Note: The following news release was submitted by the George Temple campaign.

, Republican candidate for first selectman, has tapped
a local man with long ties to the Republican party as his campaign manager.
Temple on Wednesday named Blake Denham, 61, of Oxford, as his campaign manager.

"Blake is the kind of person that I want on my team," Temple said. "He and his wife
Sari love Oxford  and they back up their feelings with action not just talk. Together we will make a difference."

Denham has strong ties to the Republican party and as child worked on Nelson
Rockefeller's campaign for governor of New York. He is also a representative
from Oxford to the state Republican Convention.

Temple said he was also impressed with Denham's volunteer efforts as he was one
of five volunteers who served as first responders for the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He said Denham also spent two weeks over seeing personnel for the coordination and distribution of emergency
supplies and food in the hardest hit areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Denham and his wife Sari have lived in Oxford for more than 10 years and has two grown children and a grandson. He grew up in White Plains, N.Y, served in the
U.S. Marine Corps. and attended Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. and is an
accomplished sales and management professional.

Denham said he's ready for the job.

"I know that George will bring a desperately needed new direction and fresh approach to Oxford for years to come by putting aside 'politics as usual' and work hard for the hard working people of our community, their children and our government," he said.

Tanya Carver June 25, 2011 at 06:36 PM
No surprises here, back to the personal attacks when it's not going your way.
Blake Denham June 25, 2011 at 10:57 PM
Brett, On behalf of George Temple and Jeff Handy, thank you. It's nice to see some, like yourself, with the integrity and class to say "good luck". As a hockey fan I love to watch two teams play a hard Stanley Cup and at the end line up and shake hands and congratulate the other team. It's that class that will never be heard from the likes of people who hide behind Oxfotd resident and other names, (never their REAL name) and continue to attack. George Temple and Jeff Haney will run a campaign based ONLY on positive initiatives, integrity and credibility. They will extend an open hand to ALL Oxford citizens, Republicans, Democrats, Independants and Unafiliated. Unlike Brett, I will never have children attend Oxford schools but he has my word that WE will work harder than any one to see that everyone's children are given the best education that is possible. They will be provided with the best teachers, the best materials and the best classrooms to prepare them for their future. They will travel on roads that are safe. This can be achieved by commercial incentives and NOT on the backs of tax payers. Those of you that attack, YOUR DAYS ARE OVER! The citizens of Oxford are tired of "politics as usual". They want results delivered by people who work TOGETHER and are committed to the hard working families of OUR GREAT community. Brett, your children ARE important. So is their future. ALL of us can do it working together. Thanks, Blake Denham Team Temple
Blake Denham June 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Oxford Resident and pinch hitter will never be recognized by me again until you add your real name, (NEVER happen) and the citizens of Oxford will continue to grow tired of you and see you for what you really provide,...ZERO!
Janis Hardy June 26, 2011 at 12:17 PM
I disagree, Pinch. Campaign Manager's credentials can be very important, especially when determining the quality, tone and focus of a campaign. Good credentials can equate to a well-run, highly professional race. As for Mr. Yish, how do you know he was 'passed over'? Many Republicans will be disappointed he is not part of George's team, but that decision could have been his, and not George's. Anybody consider that option?
Ron Loves Oxford June 27, 2011 at 12:46 PM
How wonderful. A front man for August Palmer III, Blake Denham. Never meet Mr. Denham, sure he's a nice guy getting well above his head. And sources from the "inside" say Palmer still has his nose in the mix big time. So nice try Mr. Temp, but the entire town is on to you.
MOM June 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM
I thought Wayne Watt was Mr. Temple's campaign manager already???
Janis Hardy June 28, 2011 at 02:57 PM
I have now begun to wonder if the term "Augie Palmer" is going to be used to smear any Republican who may be interested in running for political office like most liberals use the 'race card' term whenever their beloved Obama is criticized by anyone who happens to disagree with the President. Isn't that a little ridiculous? Short of packing him (Palmer) up and shipping him out of town, there is just no way any Republican can get away from the specter of being accused of being his 'clone', his 'frontman' or anything else! This just demonstrates the general lack of knowledge about the vast majority of Republicans who live in Oxford and who may wish to be politically active. As of this moment, is there any living and breathing Oxford Republican who could possibly run for a political office without having any kind of Palmer smear attached to them? I would venture to bet even I would be tagged with some form of pro-Palmer label. Maybe it's time for people in this town to get beyond him because he is being given way too much attention and way too much credit. The only 'credit' Palmer deserves is his legacy for destroying the once-proud Oxford Republican party. And as for Temple, while many may not know him, he is claiming to run on a unification platform. How good would his unification pledge be if he only chose to include certain republicans and excluded others? Has anyone ever heard of the prudent old maxim: "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer"?
David Yish June 28, 2011 at 03:04 PM
I know a living and breathing Oxford Republican who could run for office without having this attached to them...
Janis Hardy June 28, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Yes, Dave, I too know many (including you!), but will any Republican ever escape being smeared by the opposition with an AP label?
Ed Rowland June 28, 2011 at 09:44 PM
Janice and Dave,There are a lot of good people that would like to get politically involved but the headaches and heartaches might be to much.If people for the most part agree to disagree and be respectful great strides could be made.Dave I remember that chat we had a month or so ago.You never know what the future holds.
OxfordGOP June 29, 2011 at 01:05 AM
As you know, flys are attracted to honey and George is the honey while Palmer is a fly. Flys are annoying, they hang around, nobody likes them, they are always just there, and they are always getting into things they shouldn't. That is a problem for George because eventhough he may be honey, if the honey is infested with flys, nobody will want it. If you swat the flys and get rid of them so they are no longer a nuisance, you can then enjoy your honey. In this case and because of the infestation, Dave Yish would have my vote in a heartbeat. He is a great person and should be the First Selectman candidate from the Republicans. Forget Haversat, he is an afterthought that nobody cares about or wants to hear from again. My vote would be for Yish for First Selectman.
Oxford Resident June 29, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Sometimes Republicans actually make sense.
Oxford Resident June 29, 2011 at 11:38 AM
From David Haversat in today's Voice... "The one thing that could have lent credibility to the Temple campaign was David Yish. However, Temple will now have to do more than hold cocktail parties to get his stale campaign to connect with the Oxford voter." "Perhaps and hopefully another candidate will emerge, or David Yish himself will decide to run for the top spot." I am now 2 for 2. You want to know what else is happening...stay tuned!
Tanya Carver June 29, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Oxford Resident, What are the odds, even in a little town like Oxford, that two individuals on Friday, June 24th at 10:46 p.m. had the exact same thought, wrote the exact same message (verbatim - punctuation an all) "Good luck George and Jeff." and posted to the patch within seconds, with one slight difference, yours get deleted, Brett's remains!!!! The beauty of the internet, it records date, time, seconds even if you delete the message.
Rachael R June 29, 2011 at 12:32 PM
Oxford Resident: Does your arm ever get tired from stirring the pot?
Oxford Resident June 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Already addressed...now back to the issue at hand. 2 for 2, with more to come, and Haversat just whacked George. Your deflections will not change what is happening in the Republican party.
Jim June 29, 2011 at 02:25 PM
Mr Roland you are so correct. I sit here and read the postings wondering why some of you put so much energy into negativity. Some of you may not like Mrs Hardy but from what I have read thus far from here is that she mostly states facts more than opinions. As far as Mr Havarsat's remarks it's too bad that he too has stooped to the level that he has. Yes, he is 2/2 and will also have a difficult time distancing himself from AP who he ran with on two occasions. To all Republicans out there, do you want to take back the majority on the Board of Selectman? It sure doesn't appear that way. No one can make AG disappear as Mrs.Hardy has stated. Does that mean that Mr. Temple or Mr. Haney are deeply associated with him? I think not. Time for Republicans to support the candidates running and put personal feelings aside. I'l bet the "Independent" candidate running is reading this laughing at all of you thinking the old about the saying "Divide and Conquer" .
OxfordGOP June 29, 2011 at 02:48 PM
Who's this? Who's that? What's their identity? Who posted what? WHO CARES! Ms. Carver, I support George but not your political KOG movement and quite honestly, I believe KOG hurts George more than helps him. I suggest stop making yourself look ridiculous and stick to the topic at hand.
Tanya Carver June 29, 2011 at 03:06 PM
OxfordGOP, thank you for bringing up Keep Oxford Green, (KOG), I am one of the founders of KOG, a PAC formed in August of 2009, we have a clear and consistent agenda , WE ARE AGAINST HIGH DENSITY APARTMENTS AND CONDOS IN OXFORD. My personal choice is for Oxford to write regulations for single family homes that satisfy the state mandate and not High Density Apartments & Condos. You can put restrictions as to the size of the home, # of homes within the development and open space requirements. These regulations are not biased to a particular developer, all developers in Oxford can benefit. The reason why people choose to live in Oxford is because of the rural character and for the open space and not to live in a high density housing project. I am confident that the majority of Oxford Residents also want to see Single Family homes. Tanya Carver
Tanya Carver June 29, 2011 at 03:51 PM
OxfordGOP, to answer your other comments, first let me welcome you to the patch, since you just happen to join this Saturday, the 25th. There’s one major difference between a core group, now, you (OxfordGOP), & Oxford Resident who hide behind an alias name (protecting you, your spouse, your children and family) with a single purpose to personally attack RTC members, I do not. You only bring negative and destructive criticism, of which the citizens of Oxford are tired of it. Oxford wants to see a positive campaign based on what the candidates are going to do for the future of Oxford and not about your personal dislike of members of the RTC.
Ron Loves Oxford June 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM
On the Temple Team is Jerry the guy from the Oxford Association ambulance rubbing shoulders with his new best friend August Palmer! All can be seen in the video posted on this site.
Jennifer July 13, 2011 at 07:26 PM
With all do respect, Janis (and I do respect you) in the video of Mr. Temple's announcement posted on Patch, it shows that Mr. Palmer was present. Mr. Temple even mentions Mr. Palmer's name in his speech and he’s quoted in the article. I think a lot of people are gun-shy of Mr. Palmer's brand of politics (his affiliation has helped residents see KOG for what it is). If Mr. Temple is really running on a platform of non-partisanship and town-wide unity, why would he choose to associate himself with polarizing figures like Mr. Palmer? With Temple, I was hoping the group of respectable Republicans in town (like you) were doing what I hoped they’d do - stand up against the members of the ORTC who are making a mockery of the party. But it seems with his affiliations, he’s proving me (and you) wrong.
Janis Hardy July 15, 2011 at 03:06 PM
So now we have Yish/Ferrillo. Yish may be free of a Palmer influence, but Lila is absolutely NOT. She was in his camp since the Republican caucus in 2003 and right through his primary and his years in office. Some political opportunists will attach themselves to anybody whom they think will further their own personal agendas or aspirations. I have always been wary of them. So how does a Yish/Ferrillo ticket become any better that a Temple/Haney ticket if we are attaching folks to Augie Palmer? And Ferrillo is a part of the current ORTC that everybody says they want to be rid of.
Janis Hardy July 15, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Jennifer, I wish there was an easy answer to your question. I'm in the book anytime you want to give me a call....
Jennifer July 15, 2011 at 03:36 PM
I wonder if Lila's the "pill" dave had to swallow in order to get the endorsement. (response to Janis' comment below.)
Jennifer October 25, 2011 at 02:41 PM
I know it's old, but I had to laugh when I re-read it. "Please make no mistake, regardless of who George Temple picks to run with, the Oxford Republicans, including the old guard, are united behind his candidacy." Really?!? "I get a kick out of Oxford Resident and other Dems who first said George was too close to Augie Palmer..." Really?!? You mean that number of campaign pictures of George with Augie standing right behind him, shouldn't give anyone that impression?
Jennifer October 25, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Actually, it does seems like "Pinch" is a bit of a fortune teller here. Seems he had his finger on the pulse better than most repubs.
Jennifer October 25, 2011 at 02:46 PM
So, does, "The TEAM of George Temple will run a POSITIVE CAMPAIGN" include trying to make a political/campaign issue out of the tax collector investigation?
Jennifer October 25, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Hey Pinch - did you ever get an apology?
Pinch Hitter October 26, 2011 at 02:14 AM
Jennifer, no, I never got that apology for being right about most things I have posted here. People want to knock me for saying the things I say, but I have been right more often than other people on this blog. I knew about George and Jeff before it happened, I knew about Dave Yish before it happened, I knew about Lila Ferrillo before it happened, I knew about Dave Haversat before it happened, I knew about the ORTC's NON-support of George Temple before it happened...all you have to ask yourself is, how did I know all of these things! You see, the people like to talk, and the Republicans have a lot of talkers! They are a divided party and are only hurting themselves!


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