Do you know how much help Democratic candidate Dr. Fred Johnson got from the DNC?
Like...zero. Zero help.
But that's okay. The National Democrats, they've got their fish to fry, pushing mightily against a massive Republican onslaught. And besides, Fred Johnson's campaign smashed the previous fund raising record for a Dem in MI-2 anyway, raising money from, get this, actual flesh and blood human beings. Shhh...listen. Hear that? That's the sound of fund raising records smashed. Boom. $119,000 on a supposed Republican year. In Pete Hoekstra's old district. Hm.
He's also getting some pretty impressive press from the Holland Sentinel, which is astonishing considering the Holland Sentinel tends to be deeply conservative.
Yep. The Holland Sentinel tends to be a conservative newspaper. And parts of West Michigan are notably conservative. And yet...West Michigan saw one of the largest jumps in Democratic voting numbers in America in 2008 and in 2010 the Holland Sentinel published a glowing bio of Democratic Congressional Candidate Fred Johnson, titled "Portrait of Perseverance"
Holland, MI —
Most people don’t know the terror of sensing someone is trying to kill you.
Fred Johnson III knows.
He knew it while a band of four police officers stomped, kicked and punched him as a 15-year-old boy in Landover, Md., in 1974.
Armed with tear gas and batons, Prince George’s County police raided a summer block party Johnson had gone to check out that night.
Most people would get angry. Some might want revenge. Fred Johnson wanted to understand.
More than 30 years later, it’s clear Johnson has let no excuse stand in his way.
For the past decade, he’s been a history professor at Hope College, well-liked by students and respected by colleagues.
Most West Michiganians couldn’t tell you the last time a Democrat won the 2nd congressional seat. Johnson doesn’t care.
When people ask, in jest or not, if he’s crazy, Johnson tells them: "You don’t understand — this is my country."
The perseverance shows in his campaigning, too. Abandoned by the national Democratic party, Fred Johnson's campaign broke a fundraising record this year for a Democrat in Michigan's second congressional district at 119k and counting, and is pushing hard to get West Michigan's minorities and young people to get to the polls and claim West Michigan. They're running the following ad on BET, MTV and Comedy Central DURING the Daily Show's Rally to Restore Sanity coverage.
Fred Johnson has a serious shot at winning this campaign. With incumbent Pete Hoekstra retiring and long time DC and Lansing insider Bill Huizenga running amidst anti-incumbent sentiment THIS is the year West Michgian can swing this district for Democrats...and Johnson is the only one who can claim to be getting his contributions from individual donors rather than PACs, corporate donors and special interests.
This year, we're on the attack in West Michigan.
(I am a professional blogger for Fred Johnson's campaign)