Here is the press release. Everybody keep fighting. The ground war is just starting for real.
HAYHURST'S UNEXPECTED STRENGTH FORCES NRCC TO LAUNCH LAST DITCH "BUY A DISTRICT" STRATEGY
Republican's October Spending Spree Dumps Over $300,000 into Perennially Safe IN-3
The NRCC's repeated polling and ramped up investments in negative advertising and phone banks, yet unreported, indicate a full-on battle to save Hayhurst's opponent, six-term incumbent Mark Souder.
The latest filing brings the total amount spent by the NRCC in IN-3 to over $228,000. Since October 1, 2006, Republican legislators and special interests have donated over $78,000 to Souder's campaign. The $300,000-plus windfall outdistances Souder's own limited campaign fundraising efforts.
"In spite of the odds, our fundraising has outpaced Mark Souder's in every campaign quarter," observed Hayhurst. "We put our opponent on notice. His lack of concern for working families, his ineffectiveness and his broken promises mark him as a Hoosier gone D.C. With a positive message and hard work, we have made it a real race. But we knew that a competitive campaign would trigger an onslaught of outsider money."
A member of the Class of 1994, Souder pledged to term-limit himself after 12 years of service. The religious conservative abandoned that promise, conveniently offering up various tortured explanations to rationalize his choice. Facing his most serious contender since Jill Long in his first race, Souder's campaign has grown increasingly negative, including a recent round of mass telephone calls into the district underwritten by the NRCC, characterized by recipients as automated and putting them in direct violation of Indiana law.
"Because my opponent votes 96% of the time with House leadership and Republicans nationally are under siege, it is not surprising that the NRCC has turned one of their pet districts into a target for their slash-and-burn brand of politics," added Hayhurst. "In this corner of Indiana , we call that trying to buy an election. It smells of desperation. This race is still competitive. It should be decided by the people of northeast Indiana, not big-money political operatives trying to save a rubberstamping Washingtonian like Mark Souder. We're David against Goliath, and we intend to win."
Dr. Tom Hayhurst is the Democratic candidate for Indiana 's 3rd Congressional District. He is a medical doctor, Air Force veteran and currently serves on the Fort Wayne City Council.
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