HONESDALE - Getting down to the nitty gritty, Democratic and Republican organizers here are scrambling to lure votes and sway last minute party allegiances with only eight days remaining in the presidential election.


HONESDALE - Getting down to the nitty gritty, Democratic and Republican organizers here are scrambling to lure votes and sway last minute party allegiances with only eight days remaining in the presidential election.
With Pennsylvania proving to be a tight race and a state that could make or break Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain, county Republicans opened a new headquarters yesterday - with ample parking - at 100 4th Street. (the intersection of Routes 6 and 191).
The location temporarily replaces the county GOP’s office on Main Street. 
Expect to find buttons, stickers, and those infamous “Another Democrat for McCain” yard signs. 
“In Wayne (county), we’re focusing on a get out the vote campaign,” said Brian Siegel, campaign director for the “Wayne for McCain and Pike for McCain” grassroots effort, which works with the McCain campaign to drum up local support. 
Rose Merritt, the “Wayne for McCain” campaign manager, said volunteers will hit the phones and the streets, targeting Republicans, Independents, and Democrats who remain undecided. 
“I know we are going to bring some of them (Democrats) in,” said Merritt. 
Local volunteers will staff the office daily. 
Siegel is a registered Democrat, who organized for Sen. Hillary Clinton’s presidential primary run. 
But, Siegel switched his party allegiance to McCain.
“John McCain is a moderate, reasonable guy,” he said.  “I think they can really change the way that Washington operates.”
County Democrats have hosted a full-time organizer, hired and placed in Honesdale by the Obama campaign, at their 968 Main Street office since August, said Mark Graziadio, chair of the county’s Democratic committee.
“As they need help, we’re getting the word out to our people,” said Graziadio.  “The one day when Sen. Bob Casey was there, they had a training session for 40 volunteers. ... There’s a specific plan in place that the Obama campaign has setup, who they want to contact and what’s the message.”
The office is open daily.
“Everything is there,” he said - campaign signage galore. 
Ellen Mellody, a spokesperson for the Obama Honesdale office, said the campaign’s grassroots organization in the state has been unparalleled in presidential campaign history. 
“We will continue to reach out to Democrats, Republicans and Independents,” said Mellody.  “Our footprint in the state continues to grow everyday.”
She added that there are Republicans who have switched to Obama. 
The general election is Nov. 4.