The CSM 9 elections will end on Tuesday. With activity winding down, I thought I'd just bring to light something I found interesting. Despite some talk about electing 6 candidates from their slate to the CSM, the CFC election team apparently is concentrating on pushing the vote out for podcaster and CFC line member Xander Phoena, the fourth person on their list.
Xander, despite his status of flying with Gentlemen's Agreement, is more of a CSM insider candidate. He provided amazing coverage on the Crossing Zebras podcast of last year's election and continued that interest throughout the term of CSM 8. So while a late push within Xander's alliance was expected, the fact he was the only candidate interviewed by TheMittani.com was mildly surprising. But I attribute that fact to the warm regard that Xander is held by those in power more than his status in the CFC.
Two other data points lead to the conclusion of Xander's status of a candidate of the current powers. Ripard Teg, either by coincidence or with planning with fellow permanent delegate mynnna, arranged his top endorsements of Ali Aras and Xander to line up with the official CFC recommendations that ranked Ali third and Xander fourth.
But the most obvious of all was CSM 8 Chairman TreborDaehdoow's recommended voting list for those whose main focus is industry. His ranking of Xander as the second best candidate for industrialists over Sugar Kyle indicates either a complete lack of knowledge and/or disdain for those engaged in low sec industry and trading, or an effort to dupe high sec carebears into voting for a null sec PvP grunt. But after watching Trebor operate for so long on the CSM, totally expected behavior.
This is my final post on the CSM 9 election. If you are an EVE player and haven't voted yet, please do so. The CSM actually does influence design decisions in the game. If you still don't know who to vote for, my top two recommendations are Sugar Kyle and Mike Azariah. Remember, the polls close Tuesday.