Jim Walsh Left Out
From The Hill today:
Three Republican House candidates from New York and special-election victor Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) were among the 10 recipients of fundraising aid at the fourth and final installment of the GOP’s Retain Our Majority Program (ROMP) last week.
The event Thursday, hosted by Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), unofficially raised $982,000, a Republican aide with knowledge of the fundraiser said.
Reps. John Sweeney (R-N.Y.) and Sue Kelly (R-N.Y.) joined Ray Meier, who is running to keep the district of retiring Rep. Sherwood Boehlert in Republican hands, as the largest contingent of ROMP recipients from one state. The third ROMP fundraiser included three races in Ohio, where Republicans face serious election difficulties.
Democrats say a similar challenge is emerging for Republicans in New York.
“Upstate New York is incredibly competitive this election cycle,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said. “Certainly, places that have always been competitive are competitive, but there are a lot vulnerable incumbents in upstate New York.”
The choice of Sue Kelly over Jim Walsh is odd, her district is more Republican plus there are so many Democrats running that they won't unify behind one in time to mount a strong challenge. Perhaps Jim's little move yesterday worked too well and got him axed from party funds. It should be remembered that in 1996 that Walsh needed $500K from the RNC to hang on, this time with so many fires to put out, that money won't be there with him not on ROMP. Also, while Bill Clinton won the district big he only got in the 40s because of Perot, this time around Walsh has to deal with Spitzer and Hillary taking upwards of 60% in his district.