I will have to make this short, but there is a bit of good news tucked away in "The Hill" today. The Republicans have sent out an internal memo, also sent to lobbyists, which tells you whose side they are on, that said the following:
In an e-mail to congressional officials, NRCC PAC Director Jenny Sheffield states, “…it’s crucial at this point to send in some late money to some [of] our campaigns. The funds our candidates receive now will allow them to increase their TV buys and will make the difference on Nov. 7.
“I have attached our Final Push list for those Members and candidates most in need of support right now. If your boss has not maxed out to those on the attached list, please ask him or her to consider sending a check from a leadership PAC and/or reelection account … IMMEDIATELY!”
Who was NOT on the list is the most interesting thing.
Republican incumbents who did not make the Final Push cut include Reps. Chris Chocola (Ind.), Michael Fitzpatrick (Pa.), John Hostettler (Ind.), Nancy Johnson (Conn.), Jon Porter (Nev.), Clay Shaw (Fla.), Christopher Shays (Conn.), and Charles Taylor (N.C.).
These Republicans are in highly competitive races, but several have major fundraising advantages over their opponents and are not in dire need of NRCC assistance.
But Fitzpatrick, Hostettler, and Taylor have less cash on hand than their Democratic opponents.
Hostettler is in serious jeopardy of losing his seat. The sixth-term incumbent is a lackluster fundraiser and trailed Democratic candidate Brad Ellsworth by 23 points in a recent poll.
Taylor is behind in his race against former pro quarterback Health Shuler by single digits, while Fitzpatrick’s race is expected to go down to the wire.
NRCC spokesman Ed Patru said the Final Push List “is fluid,” suggesting it has been revised since late last week. He noted that Hostettler does not accept PAC money and that Fitzpatrick’s opponent, Patrick Murphy, has “greatly underperformed.” However, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report recently moved the Fitzpatrick-Murphy race from lean Republican to toss-up.
Asked about Taylor’s exclusion from the list, Patru said, “Taylor has always written his own check.”
Spokespersons for Fitzpatrick, Hostettler, and Taylor did not comment for this article.
This is good news, while at the same time that last bolded sentence is key - Taylor is a bajazillionaire and he got that way because of his Congressional ties. He won't give them up cheap. I wonder what he is paying per hour for GOTV? Maybe we could take his money and then walk Democratic lists? : )