Spitzer comes up short in campaign leadership
by Jerome Armstrong, Wed Nov 08, 2006 at 10:11:30 AM EST
This needs some explaining:Democrats did relatively little to try to take the Senate. They put some of their star power behind their State Senate candidates -- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. Spitzer stumped for Ms. Stewart-Cousins -- but did little to share the wealth that poured into the campaign coffers at the top of the ticket. Republicans, by contrast, raised money at a furious clip for their Senate candidates.
The New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee raised more than $7 million this year, taking in more than $1 million in the past two weeks. The Democrats raised less than $2 million for their campaign committee this year, according to campaign finance reports filed with the State Board of Elections.It looks like Stewart-Cousins will win this time, up by about two thousand votes, but NY's DSCC failed terrible to take advantage of the landscape. For instance, Albert Baldeo, a lawyer and community activist who lost a city council bid in 2005, ran against Serphin Maltese. Baldeo lost by a mere 783 votes and only spending about $60,000. WTF:It struck some Democrats as odd that in such a Democratic year, with top Dems like Eliot Spitzer cruising to victory with money to spare (In their final pre-primary reports, Spitzer/Paterson had about $8 million in the bank, Alan Hevesi $4 million), that more wasn't done to unseat the Republicans in the city.That's an understatement. I think all the '12 chatter about Spitzer just got flushed.