Will the DCCC stand by Their Man?

Sigh. I guess I need to clarify some things.

Last week I claimed that people shouldn't assume that the DCCC is going to financially support Larry Kissell in a substantive way. One person wondered if this was hyperbole. An emailer asked me what I had against the DCCC. (Really, you have to ask?) Finally, I get a phone call with basically the same question.

Where's my proof?

I don't need proof. The DCCC doesn't typically prop up campaigns that don't show promise. Traditionally, they've looked for a campaign to prove it has the ability to raise money before promoting the candidate. My claim that the DCCC can't be counted on to support Kissell is based on those realities. They can't be counted on unless we do our part first.

You don't believe me? Last cycle the DCCC supported Larry Kissell's opponent, Tim Dunn, during the primary. A friend of mine volunteered to help with fundraising for Dunn. According to her - and others I've spoken with who were involved in the campaign - Tim Dunn did not like raising money and ultimately dropped out of the campaign because of the time and money it took away from his family. Even though the DCCC supported Dunn, it doesn't appear they were prepared to carry him financially if he was not going to do his part.

We can't sit back and wait for D-trip to kick in for Larry. We have to work as hard if not harder than in 2006 to continue to prove to the DCCC that Larry deserves their support. And, yes, it sucks to have to earn their support again. They should have been more forthcoming with it in 2006, but they weren't and with a new crowd working at D-trip, we have to earn it again. That's life. It's simply how it works.

It's not hyperbole. It's common sense. I'm not trying to demonize D-trip. All I'm trying to do is to help keep the Kissell supporters from getting complacent.

Larry posted at BlueNC and DailyKos yesterday (Sunday) and invited folks to pledge $33.30 a month to his campaign. A little more than a dollar a day can help send an honest, humble, inspiring school teacher to Washington.

Larry's campaign has been polling and the numbers are wonderful. Tomorrow there will be a teleconference with Congressman Chris Van Hollen, chair of the DCCC, and a rep. from Larry's polling firm, Anzalone-Liszt. Many donors will be invited to join in the call.

I don't know if there will be time for a Q&A, but I hope Rep. Van Hollen will take the time to tell us just what we can count on from the DCCC. After grassroots and netroots supporters dedicate tens of thousands of man hours, hundreds of thousands of dollars, rivers of blood and oceans of sweat, just what will the DCCC do to help Larry Kissell get elected?

I will be happy to report back what we learn on the call and I will report back on the fundraiser that will be held in Concord this Friday evening.

So, the question remains: Will the DCCC stand by Larry Kissell? More than likely, yes, but not if we don't do our part and help Larry continue to earn their support. Please, do your part.

Thank you.

Comments

Sorry for two Kissell posts in a row

It's what I've got. I will do better tomorrow.

Going to put it up at Kos after I go pick the girls up at the pool.

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All Kissell, all the time.

One man with courage makes a majority.
- Andrew Jackson

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Mo betta

nt

Someone's supposed to ask me why I left out the tears

in my little blood/sweat/tears comment. I'm going to answer anyway.....

There won't be ANY tears this time 'round.....and if there are, they'll be tears of joy.

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Up at Kos

Please give it a rec if you can.

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done...

and done

Have you put it up at mydd?

if so, can you send the link so we can rec it there too

I am heading on over right now.



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Larry needs our support as though there were no DCCC..

or other outside interest who could assist his campaign.

The only ones who will ensure his victory (a victory for NC) are we North Carolinians. It is we who have the most at stake, not the DNC, or the DCCC.

If the DCCC steps in later, all the better, and they should, but Larry needs to count on us first and last if he is to be assured the victory we all hope for him. Run Larry, Run!

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

I don't count on the DCCC

Leaning on the DCCC this early is like leaning on a rotten fence. Hell, expecting the DCCC to even come thru later is like leaning on a rotten fence. From what I have heard they have not come thru on many occasion. Welcome to politics.

What worries me about Larry is that if the DCCC was able to overlook him last time, what is to stop them this time?

Well...they already are not overlooking him

we just have to make sure they come through with things they've hinted at and/or promised.

It's not that Larry is leaning on the DCCC this early....it's that we're calling them out this early. We will not accept empty promises and we won't let them lead us on.

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Obidiah, to be fair to the "evil" D-trip

I think they have to make their commitments so early and they feel such pressure to give the money where it will mean the most, that there was no way for them to get much to Larry. By the time they realized he was a viable candidate they already had their money committed to others who showed far more promise earlier.

I think they (and the NC Senate and House caucuses) should be more adaptable and more on the alert for promising unknowns and vulnerable districts. But it's easy to criticize when we aren't the ones who have to answer to the donors for what we accomplished with their money.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Campaigns are fluid

They might have to commit early, but when Tim Dunn dropped out (very early) after receiving over $30,000 from D-trip with more undoubtedly earmarked for him, D-trip sent the money somewhere. Larry rec'd $31 in in-kind donations. He showed promise more than two months out and all that was needed was probably one mailer in Mecklenburg County. (We like our mailers) Millions to Duckworth? That was pure Rahm.

I get the feeling that Van Hollen and Davis are going to do a better job supporting a greater number of candidates this time around. I don'tknow why, but I'm sure they are looking back at that deep black Duckworth waste pit and figuring out ways to spread the wealth and win campaigns.

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Oh...and no disrespect to Tammy Duckworth

She is an amazing woman.

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I hear ya, SD (I can't use your new initials

anymore than I can Blue South's!)

And I was angry at the time. I wanted Larry to have more support. I wanted them to be more flexible. But that money earmarked or promised to Tim Dunn might have just been words. I've heard more than one story of very viable candidates (who ended up winning) having to fight like you-know-what to get what was supposedly already "promised."

But I'm reading and hearing through the grapevine encouraging things about some at least small policy changes. I think Larry's slim loss really jolted them. They have to know that a little more money would have, could have made the difference and be gnashing some teeth.
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

I think the narrow loss did jolt them

and I do think there might have been some positive changes, but there is still a tremendous amount of stress placed on a candidate's fundraising. NC's 8th District didn't get wealthy overnight, so D-trip's going to have to keep that in mind.

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nekkid dancing around bonfires and such



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I always thought nudity

along Route 40 would do it. You know, Morganton, Hickory.

Then there's 321 (Lenoir, Lincolnton, Gaston) and 74 (Shelby, Rutherfordton) as well. I think that hits all the major small media markets. I'll just have to do Newland and Spruce Pine myself!
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Hey - don't joke!

With the right drummer, nekkid bonfire dancing is very effective. :)

Who's joking?

:)

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There's always the option of

There's always the option of copying the "I've got a crush on Obama" video from YouTube... :-)

Hi Betsy

n/t

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

HIYA Marshall!



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I know of more than one candidate

who thought they were getting help and never did.

I think the candidates that do get funding are so frustrated (and exhausted) at how hard they had to work to get it, that they're hardly grateful!
 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Actually, not joking about this. . .

Could we just have a Kissell Channel on BlueNC?

War is over if you want it.

War is over if you want it.

LKTV

I want my LKTV