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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

NRCC - Bummin' in MS

Seems as though the cash-strapped NRCC just isn't getting the love that they used to. From The Hill:

Rep. Tom Cole on Tuesday told the many Republican members who haven’t given to the GOP candidate in next week’s Mississippi special election that they “ought to be ashamed of themselves,” GOP sources said.

The Mississippi race is shaping up as an increasingly crucial psychological battle for a GOP conference that has already lost two seats this cycle after dropping 30 in the 2006 election, and the harsh admonition was the latest rallying cry from a GOP campaign arm that has repeatedly cited a lack of member enthusiasm and giving.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) told his colleagues earlier this year that they needed to get off their “dead asses” and raise money for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and Senate GOP campaign chief John Ensign (Nev.) has also been critical.

Boehner and Cole (R-Okla.), the NRCC’s chairman, continued in that vein Tuesday at a closed-door House GOP meeting, asking members to focus on the Mississippi race just days after they suffered a big loss in former Rep. Richard Baker’s (R) conservative Louisiana district.

In another conservative district in Mississippi, the vast majority of members haven’t given to Southaven Mayor Greg Davis (R), even after he nearly lost to Democrat Travis Childers late last month.

The two will meet head-to-head in a runoff Tuesday, three weeks after Childers came within a few hundred votes of winning the race outright.

Well, we lost [Louisiana], and it’s clear this election is about change,” Boehner told reporters after Tuesday’s meeting. “I wish we would have won, but we didn’t.
No, you didn't. Get used to it. Even the conservatives don't want Davis:
In Mississippi, Democrats have given a similar amount to Childers, the Prentiss County Chancery Clerk. That’s about twice as much as their GOP colleagues have given to Davis.

GOP members have rallied a bit in recent days but have still only given about $80,000 to Davis’s campaign, according to Federal Election Commission reports. About half of that total came just from Boehner, Cole and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), a regular contributor to his colleagues.

Only about two dozen rank-and-file GOPers have given, and most of them have given $1,000 or less.

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