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  •  Maybe They Did...In 2004 (none)
    Actually, this is the most interesting angle I've seen on this race.  This may be exactly why they would like to see another candidate than the one they had in 2004.  They're not against supporting candidates who didn't win in 2004; Lois Murphy in PA has the strong support of the DCCC even though she lost last time around.  But maybe this is exactly why the DCCC would be reluctant to go with someone they already know.  If we set aside the fundraising issue--of course she could raise more money if the DCCC were strongly behind her--they may be concerned about the wisdom of her hires, how she spends money, etc.  

    Don't know if it's the case, but concerns about money that goes out may be a stronger reason to want another candidate than concerns about money that comes in.

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 03:19:55 PM PST

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    •  That's entirely possible. (none)
      Still, I have a hunch there is something more to this than just disagreement over campaign expenditures. It's one thing to reduce or cut off support from a candidate who isn't heeding sound advice.  Bringing in a new candidate from out-of-district over the objections of local party leadership is a whole 'nuther level of Hardball.

      Whatever the reasoning behind the DCCC's decision, this situation was obviously not handled well by either party.
       

    •  Balderdash (none)
      Lois Murphy underperformed in a district where voter registration was about even.

      IL-6, on the other hand, was a district with a lopsided balance (favoring the GOP) going into the 2004 campaign cycle. Folks jaws dropped when Ms. Cegelis got just under 45% of the vote in the district, and just under 50% in the Cook County portion. (She won a few precincts that no organization Dem dreamed of winning.)

      The grass roots folks did some serious heavy lifting last time out, and Emanual wants to take advantage of it. Pissing off the folks that got the district turned this far, though, will drop it right back off the map.

      Duckworth's real chance would be in 2008, when she can run in IL-8 against a first term incumbent republican, but I'm not sure the "Fighting Dems" brand will still have play by that time.

      BushIsWeak.com ... somebody really ought to register this domain name ...

      by wystler on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 05:50:34 PM PST

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    •  Apples and Barns (none)
      You can't compare the 2 districts - I'm in PA-06 and was very active in Lois' campaign and spoke frequently with the campaign manager.

      Lois ran Gov. Rendell's campaign in the area in '02 and had a straight line to the Party machine and area high-dollar contributors from the start.

      In addition the '02 Dem candidate Dan Wofford came very close to winning (about the same margin as for Lois in '04)in a district drawn explicitly for Gerlach by the GOP in PA - one of the most gerrymandered districts you've ever seen, dubbed the Pterodactyl district by Dan. The district was to be targeted in '04 as long as there was a credible candidate.

      Democracy is a contact sport...

      by jsmagid on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 06:55:43 PM PST

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