First Richard Burr whines about all the polls conducted by Public Policy Polling showing him not doing so well against an unnamed opponent. On June 7th Burr was quoted as saying:
"I think it's ridiculous to go through hypothetical head-to-heads," Burr said.
"The next election is not even something I'm thinking about. Nor should I, until I know who I'm running against," he said.
Burr said he hasn't run any of his own polls yet.
"Why should I poll?" he asked. "I don't know who I'm running against."
By June 15th Carolina Strategy Group had a poll in the field for Burr and before anyone says that it was an independent poll, Burr's campaign manager runs Carolina Strategy Group.
A week later, since they didn't have an opponent, Burr's campaign decided to run against Public Policy Polling:
The problem, Republicans say, is that PPP is no impartial observer. The firm makes its money by serving as the pollster to an exclusively Democratic roster of clients, ranging from members of Congress to dozens of state legislative and city council candidates. And CEO Dean Debnam has given generously to North Carolina Democratic candidates — including in races where his firm has conducted independent polling.
“What they’re doing needs to be put into a proper context. Their goal is to inject themselves into the political debate, and they need to be responsible and say, ‘Our agenda is to promote Democratic candidates,’” said Burr consultant Paul Shumaker. “What other motive would there be right now? Are they concerned about the people of North Carolina or worried about Democrats in North Carolina?”
“We’re absolutely rooting in the race. We don’t want Richard Burr to get reelected. We wanted Obama to win last fall,” said Jensen. “But our reputation is predicated on getting it right, and we’re not going to cook the numbers just to tweak Richard Burr’s nerves. They are what they are.”
That attack didn't work out too well for Burr. It seemed the more Politico looked into PPP, the better our little old local polling firm looked.
Now, the issue of polling has reached up to bite Burr in the fanny one more time. That polling firm that conducted the "independent" poll for Burr...you know...the one run by Burr's campaign manager, well, it appears their questions crossed a line and now said campaign manager is having to claim an in-kind donation to the campaign. Roll Call has the entire story. Make sure you go read it.