Politics Behind Operation: Mobile Is Not Miserable

Politics Behind Operation: Mobile Is Not Miserable

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Mayoral candidate Sandy Stimpson and Business Insider reporter Julie Zeveloff at Felix's on the causeway for lunch on day one of Operation: Mobile is Not Miserable.

"I'm looking forward to trying some gulf seafood, I'm open to trying anything they put in front of me," says Zeveloff.

Stimpson wanting to prove the reporter wrong about a recent Gallup study that shows Mobile as the third most miserable city in the U.S. The crew is even stopped by passersby wanting to set the record straight.

 In her most recent article about her planned trip, Zeveloff says "I'm looking forward to meeting Stimpson, who is sponsoring my trip. But I really don't care about the Mobile mayoral race."

And whether she knows it or not, Zeveloff has been thrust in the middle of what has already become a very tense campaign.

It's difficult for a newcomer in any political race to attract much attention from the news cameras, but Stimpson is taking this opportunity to shine a light on his campaign as well as Mobile. The only problem—what if it doesn't work? What if this city-savvy journalist from New York decides the Gallup poll was right about the port city after all?

"Well if it doesn't work, that's just a risk we took and we called it wrong, but I think it'll work," says Stimpson

We contacted Mayor Sam Jones' campaign for a comment. A consultant told us that Jones is concerned about how the article was written. We asked if the mayor had reached out to Zeveloff, but were only told that he would not be opposed to a meeting.

"I have not been contacted by the mayor, but I'm not here to cover the race, I'm not here to cover Mobile politics. I'm here to write a story about this experience and about being in the city," says Zeveloff.

The consultant with Mayor Jones' campaign later offered an official statement saying that while Mr. Stimpson is working on this "publicity stunt" Mayor Jones is working on jobs, but they did not go into further detail.

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