Fundraising for Freshman Democrats: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Hill published an article highlighting some of the fundraising efforts of freshmen Democrats in the House.  Apparently, many are doing quite well.  David Loebsack (IA-02) has raised about $71,000.  Kirsten Gillebrand (NY-20) has raised $65,000 in PAC money alone.  Earl Perlmutter (CO-07) has raised $79,000.  Charlie Wilson (OH-06) has raised $34,000.  Paul Hodes has raised $35,000.  Jason Altmire (PA-04) and Patrick Murphy (PA-08) have both raised $50,000 in PAC money alone.  Zack Space (OH-18) and Steven Kagen (WI-08) have both raised $35,000 in PAC money.

As far as simple financial numbers go, this is good news.  All of these candidates are vulnerable to some degree.  So, if all of these House members are already off to good starts, they may be able to force out potentially strong challenges early on.

But the article also has some worrying relevations.  For one thing, Nancy Boyda (KS-02) has raised only $13,000.  Considering the presidential vote in her district (Bush won it by 20 points), Boyda is probably one of our top five most vulnerable Democrats.  Plus, she will not have Sebelius' coattails helping her and will instead have to contend with the Republican tide at the top of the ticket from the eventual Republican nominee and Senator Pat Roberts. Finally, she will possibly face a rematch against Jim Ryun. More over the flip...

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OH-18: Ney Out

OH-18 may very well have just turned into CA-50 (see the MyDD / Courage Campaign poll on CA-50). Only eleven days before he would have been forced to stay on the ballot, Bob Ney is out:U.S. Rep. Bob Ney, under scrutiny in an influence peddling scandal involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, announced this morning that he was abandoning his re-election campaign.

The Republican had insisted he would not resign, even if indicted over his dealings with Abramoff. In his first primary test in a decade, Ney won 68 percent of the vote May 2 against a little-known opponent.

But in a statement released by his campaign today, Ney, 52, said he had decided to withdraw from his race for a seventh term.

"Ultimately this decision came down to my family. I must think of them first, and I can no longer put them through this ordeal," said Ney, who has denied wrongdoing.

He plans to serve the remainder of his term, his statement said.

Ney spokeswoman Katie Harbath said the congressman was not available for comment.

Earlier today, Ohio state Sen. Joy Padgett told The Associated Press that Ney called her Saturday and asked the fellow Republican to run in his place, saying defending himself has been a strain on his family. There is no guarantee Padgett will actually be the Republican to run in Ney's stead, but it seems likely. However, no matter who runs, this does change the dynamics of the race, and will probably make things more difficult for Zack Space. Space can still win the seat, but the campaign will have to change to reflect the new opponent. In CA-50, Democrats spent millions running agaisnt Cunningham, even though he was not on the ballot, and it did not work. Can't make the same mistake again here.

The Stakeholder has lots of info on Padgett.

Late Night Open Thread

The Associated Press David Hammer reports that Democrat Zack Space outraised embattled GOP Congressman Bob Ney by more than a two-to-one margin during the second quarter. And although Ney still maintains a big cash-on-hand lead over Space, Ney spent more than he brought in during the quarter, actually depleting his bank account over the quarter. A very good development for Democrats in Ohio's 18th district.

Feel free to chat about this or to consider this an open thread...

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Reason 5: Zack Space will protect working families

Our campaign is facing a critical fundraising deadline on June 30th. With your contribution today, we will show Bob Ney and the Washington insiders that the heat is on. During the next 10 days our campaign website will feature the top 10 reasons why we need a change in Washington.

http://contribute.zackspace.org

Reason 5: Zack Space will protect working families

The loss of jobs to overseas markets is perhaps the most serious, long term threat to this country, and our way of life. Zack Space believes trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA are harmful to taxpayers. He strongly supports modifying current free trade agreements to impose restrictions on countries that do not play by the same rules that our own factories must contend with.

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Reason 6: Having a diabetic son, Zack Space understands the need for stem cell research

Our campaign is facing a critical fundraising deadline on June 30th. With your contribution today, we will show Bob Ney and the Washington insiders that the heat is on. During the next 10 days our campaign website will feature the top 10 reasons why we need a change in Washington.

http://contribute.zackspace.org

Reason 6: Having a diabetic son, Zack Space understands the need for stem cell research

At age 6, Zack Space's son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. Like so many others that must deal with this dreadful disease, Zack's family has struggled with the fears, concerns, and frustrations associated with diabetes. It is this struggle that has played an important role in developing his strong advocacy for embryonic stem cell research.

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