I touched on this a little bit while kibitzing on the NY-1 a few months ago, but as much as I appreciate primaries and honest debate that strengthen the party…money still matters. This is especially true in New York (at least statewide) where starting off with a scarlet letter “R” after your name already starts you at a disadvantage. That said, as of the end of June…
Que the calls for Blakeman to drop out in 5…4…3…2…
“Republicans and Independents are energized and looking for someone to send to Washington who will restore fiscal responsibility and fight government intrusion into our lives,” the GOP leaders wrote.
“In order to do that, we must defeat Kirsten Gillibrand. And based on your most recent campaign finance filing it is abundantly clear that the only candidate who can do that is David Malpass.”
“Time and again, you have put the best interest of our Party ahead of your personal ambition and we are asking you to do that once more. We must unite our party behind David’s candidacy today so that together we can bring fiscal sanity to Washington on behalf of all New Yorkers. We trust you will do the right thing.”
Setting aside the catchphrases and buzzwords like “this election won’t be bought,” “grass roots” and “ivory tower” aside, here’s where the money matters because there is a good chance that if you’re reading this with a giant lump on your forehead, it’s because like me you find yourself banging your head against your laptop whenever the latest polls on Kristen Gilligan come out. She has less than 50% approval, more people would prefer someone else than they would her…and over 60% of people in our OWN PARTY – let alone New Yorkers as a whole – don’t know who our candidates are.
When over 60% haven’t formed an opinion yet, the fact that one candidate is 22 points down in a head to head poll and the other is 27 points down doesn’t matter. What matters is who’s is going to have the resources to get their name out there, introduce themselves to the state, and be able to take the fight to Sen. Gilligan.
Bruce Blakeman has less cash on hand then most of our congressional candidates who are in competitive districts, and while Scott Brown pulled off a miracle…he did so when the entire country was focused on that one race.
It’s the candidate’s decision to drop out, and personally I’m against any candidate being forced out. Plus, my bias towards Malpass is clear to anyone who has heard of this blog before, so it’s not like I don’t have my favourites.
But if someone can explain to me how you plan to win a senate race when you can barely afford to be competitive in NY 4 or 21, or really any of the other 27 Congressional races, I’m open to hear it.