DCCC Announces Frontline Program to Protect Dem Incumbents
by Jonathan Singer, Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 10:21:02 AM EST
Over at The Stakeholder, the official blog of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the DCCC's internet guru Brandon English has posted the 29 Democratic Representatives selected for the Frontline program. According to the release, "The Frontline Program is a partnership between the DCCC and Members which lays the ground work for the 2008 cycle by supporting and expanding their fundraising and outreach operations. This competitive program requires members to meet aggressive fundraising goals, accelerate volunteer and recruitment efforts, and increase on-line networking." In other words, Frontline, which is chaired by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, aims to help potentially endangered Democratic incumbents in their quest for reelect.
Below, I have broken down the list into freshmen and non-freshmen. Additionally, I have also listed the Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of each of the competitive district, a number that measures, on average, how much more Democratic or Republican a particular district votes than the nation as a whole in presidential elections.
in the House but not during the 109th Congress.
Looking through the list, two omissions jumped out at me: Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire and Nancy Boyda in Kansas, both of whom ran unexpectedly strong campaigns in 2006 and defeated entrenched Republican incumbents in districts that aren't always so easy for Democrats. So I sent a query to the DCCC regarding why they were not included. Here is the response I received from the DCCC through a spokesman:
Representatives Boyda and Shea-Porter ran strong, independent grassroots campaigns. Should the Republicans target them with misleading or baseless attacks we stand ready to help.
Outside of this, it looks like a pretty solid list that should help put House Democrats in the position to retain control over the chamber through at least the 111th Congress. What are your thoughts? Anyone you think should have been placed on the list? Someone on the list that you don't think merits being or needs to be included?
Update [2007-2-15 15:41:14 by Jonathan Singer]:ActBlue has set up a fundraising page for those in the Frontline program, for those interested in helping out these key Democratic members of the House...
Update [2007-2-15 16:2:2 by Jonathan Singer]: The DCCC has just put up their own fundraising page, too, for those interested.