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  •  Yes. but ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Aexia, emilysdad

    ... Brunner hasn't raised even $1M for this race, and at a certain point (i.e., this late in the game) this comes off as whining when the campaign should be focused on persuading voters.

    •  Do you know which campaign (3+ / 0-)
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      JVolvo, louavul, ppl can fly

      I've heard the most from this election?

      Vote Yes On 2

      It's about casinos.  Pro casino naturally.  It tells me all I need to know about where the money is.

      If the party hotshots wanted to influence the race, they should have done it weeks ago.  This is not strategic, it's pathetic.

      Show me the POLICY!

      by Fabian on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 08:06:41 AM PDT

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      •  Issue 2 (0+ / 0-)

        is really about moving the Columbus casino from the downtown area to the West side because the powers that be (Nationwide, etc.) in Columbus don't want it in the Arena District.  There's gonna be a casino in Columbus one way or the other.  Where and when is the real issue at stake.

        •  I believe in making it as difficult as possible. (0+ / 0-)

          If the Big Money wants Issue 2 to pass, then I want it to fail.

          3 pieces of direct mail and two robocalls thus far.  Dunno about the broadcasts and print ads - I dropped out of those markets years ago.

          The last time I saw this much effort was in 2008.

          Show me the POLICY!

          by Fabian on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 09:41:36 AM PDT

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    •  No offense, Adam, but that's stupid... (5+ / 0-)

      Isn't the fact that Brunner has been able to run a competitive race DESPITE the fact that the parties' establishment has prevented her from raising money indicate that she'd be a stronger candidate against Rob Portman.

      She's running against Lee Fisher who was a machine candidate twelve years ago.  OF COURSE, Brunner was going to have trouble raising money.  But if she wins the primary, the floodgates open up for her as the biggest impediment (Fisher's threats) will be gone.  She'll easily raise $2 million in the first 24 hours after winning the primary.  Fisher cannot do that as his fundraising base is largely tapped out.

      There is absolutely no reason for the DSCC to get involved in this primary at this stage of the game.  It's a waste of money and it's silly to have the DSCC favor one statewide Democrat over another when the polling shows it's anyone's ballgame.

      •  Is this a competitive race? (2+ / 0-)
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        At last check, 2/3 of voters still didn't know who Brunner was.  If it's close, it's close because Fisher isn't spending money that he doesn't have to.

        Tell me when and how Brunner overtakes him.

        How much of Fisher's money raised is for the general?

        •  Adam... (1+ / 0-)
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          Last I checked, the same amount of voters said the same thing about FISHER. And this site's own poll shows 40% undecided.

          Fisher isn't hording his money for the general, he's spending it wildly.  He's spent $1 million in the past two weeks alone.  He's spent half the cash-on hand he reported in his 1Q FEC report.

          And now the DSCC is coming to spend EVEN more money.
          I don't have the precise figure, but my rough math shows that Fisher is spending close to as much as he legally can in the primary.

          According to his pre-primary FEC report, Fisher has less than a million on hand with many of his donors completely tapped out.

          And he's telling everyone that he's in trouble and expects a close race next week.

          Catch up, man. :)

          •  Well, $900K of that is his (final?) cable ad buy (1+ / 0-)
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            But I certainly accept the point that Fisher hasn't put Brunner away yet.  Still, with seven days to go, when's she going to overtake him?  With what, given $59,000 on hand?  And how does whining about the DSCC help?

            •  Ground game (1+ / 0-)
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              I'm here in Ohio, and I've called around.  And while I'm part of the Brunner volunteer ground game, I have plenty of sources in the Fisher camp, too.  And here's what I know.

              Brunner is the only candidate who's been chasing early votes.  Both in my own personal contacts, and in comments on our blog, people are telling me they've gotten ZERO contact (outside of Cuyahoga County) from the Fisher campaign, but Brunner's lit is hitting with their mailed ballots.

              Fisher's entire campaign seems to be banking on T.V.  He has only two campaign offices in Columbus and Cleveland.  But multiple sources in Cleveland tell me that the office there is always empty.

              He has no organized volunteers doing work for him in Cincinnati or Dayton.  He has no paid staffer working in Cincinnati or Dayton.  He has no presence outside of Columbus and Cleveland.

              Seriously, Fisher is in trouble because he got complacent like Martha Coakley.  If he's stumping the State, I cannot find a schedule or much evidence of it in the media.  Brunner is EVERYWHERE.

              The DSCC should have just kept their money, we'd all been better off.  If Fisher limps across the finish line, it's going to be viewed as him being bailed out by the DSCC and it's going to cause problems with his base who resent this kind of Beltway political interference.

          •  Of course (0+ / 0-)
            Of course Fisher's "telling everyone that he's in trouble and expects a close race next week." How else can he say, "I need your help"?
    •  And that's my #1 concern about Brunner (1+ / 0-)
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      She has not raised significant sums of money. To me that's not the sign of a viable candidate. Ideas and positions are great, but her anemic fundraising totals won't cut it in a state like OH.

      •  She's a viable candidate (1+ / 0-)
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        Because the polls show she can win.  If she wasn't a viable threat, then shouldn't you be outraged that the DSCC is so wasteful with its money?

        You can't have it both ways?  Either they're wasting their money dealing with a non viable threat, or their propping up a candidate who should stand on his own feet and let the voters, not D.C. Beltway establishment, decide.

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