The Charlotte Observer has a piece this morning that makes the future of North Carolina's 8th Congressional District appear bleak. The financial numbers aren't looking good for Democrats Tim Dunn and Larry Kissell.
According to the FECinfo data compiled by the Observer, Robin Hayes had $733,837 in the bank as of 12/31/05. Tim Dunn had $47,118 and Larry Kissell had $3,653. It's a good thing the numbers don't tell the whole story.
Dunn and Kissell are running against each other in a primary. This means that the money will leave the campaign as quickly as it is coming in. I haven't seen anything by Tim Dunn that is out locally yet, but Larry Kissell is running a traditional grassroots campaign with a twist. He has also reached out to the netroots for support.
Is electing a Democrat in the 8th impossible? No. In 2004 Hayes won with only 55% of the vote in a district that leans Republican. Beth Troutman who raised only $231,263 showed what a well-run, under-funded campaign can do against Hayes who raised his $1,693,680 from the likes of Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff, Dennis Hastert and Roy Blunt.
It may be an uphill battle financially for the Democrats. However, for the citizens of the 8th District who are tired of leadership by fear, who are tired of a candidate who has financial links to corrupt politicians and felons, who are tired of giving their money to the rich in America and their jobs to people overseas; it is vitally important that the grassroots efforts of the Democrats bring a change for the district and for our state.
For those of us who aren't engaged in grassroots efforts for Kissell or Dunn there is something we can do. Send.Money.Now. If you haven't decided where to throw your support, send a little bit to each of them. Then after the primary is over, send a little more. Anyone who lives in or near the 8th District knows that once the Hayes camp starts the ads they will be heated, dirty and will run non-stop. It will take some hard cold cash to battle this.
The Washington Post has started their coverage of the 2006 elections and none of the North Carolina races is listed as a key race. Does this mean that they know something we don't? Of course not. It means that they have no idea how passionately Democrats in North Carolina feel about protecting our Constitution and preserving our freedom.
Once again folks, we have a job to do. Let's get busy.