Monday, January 28, 2008

DCCC Makes Maffei Red to Blue

This is a big move because it solidifies Dan Maffei's establishment support, last week Louise Slaughter stated that Dan was the candidate of the NY Delegation. It can help in chasing off other opponents, but I'm not sure that it will.

The DCCC announced today that Dan Maffei (NY-25) will immediately be added to the Red to Blue program for open seats following Congressman Jim Walsh's announcement that he would not seek reelection. Democratic congressional candidates running in open seats earned a spot in the competitive program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and by skillfully showing voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress. Maffei is one of only 11 candidates in the first round of the Red to Blue program for open seats and special elections.

"Dan Maffei is widely supported in Central New York, has a strong organization, and a compelling message of change for middle class families. The Red to Blue Program will give Dan the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive this year," said DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen. "Congressman Walsh's retirement makes the district an even stronger pick up opportunity for Democrats."

The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, and strategic support. The program introduces Democratic supporters to new, competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns.


At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we Dems need to be smart on this one. Rhodes and especially Driscoll need to put their own ambitions and selfish needs aside. Dan has paved the way and if we want to turn this seat blue, we need to let him escape a primary while the Republicans beat themselves up. If Driscoll takes on his former campaign manager I will campaign STRONGLY against him. He has been an awful mayor and needs to show some loyalty.

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan is the right candidate for this seat. Maybe not the most polished guy, but has the best preparation for the job, the clout in Washington, and a terrific intelligence that would blow anyone else out of the water. He knows how to get things done for us.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maffei also has lots of progressive support, as seen by Act Blue and other progressive blogs.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops - I meant Blue Majority.


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