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.