From the Boston Herald.
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld during their long-shot bids for U.S. Senate.
The snub has outraged local Republicans who say national conservatives should be jumping at the chance to nab the first open Senate seat in decades despite Brown’s tough odds in the Jan. 19 special election.
“They need to give Scott a level playing field,” said former state GOP chairman Peter Torkildsen. “It’s one of those rare opportunities that a Republican has a good shot in Massachusetts.”
OK, so the NRSC endorses Charlie Crist. And whatshername in CA. But they don’t have the time of day for Scott Brown.
Now I understand that Brown is a mega-longshot for this seat. But this is an off-cycle election. There’s nothing else on the ballot (that I know of). Turnout will be abysmal. There’s every reason to believe that leftists will stay home because they “know” Brown will get slaughtered. If the weather’s bad – a better than even guess – turnout won’t make abysmal.
Massachusetts is a micro market in terms of advertising. Buy in Boston, cover the state. This should be a no-brainer for the NRSC, but once again we are reminded that the people who run the NRSC have no brains.
David Walsh was quick to bounce in here a while back and throw up a counter to an Erick post. Now I’m not Erick (yeah, I’m thankful too), but I would like to see somebody stick a burr under Walsh’s saddle and get a statement about this one.
For a contrast check this out.
Colin Reed, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said, “I would never say how much we’re going to spend or not spend on a candidate publicly. I wouldn’t detail our battle plans.”
Local operatives say the national GOP and the NRSC have donated voter lists, telephone systems and at least $50,000 to Brown’s effort.
But that support is barely a blip when compared to the intense GOP involvement in the unsuccessful but vigorous Romney and Weld Senate bids.
Meanwhile, their Democratic counterparts have swung into action, appointing Sen. John F. Kerry as the chairman of a coordinating committee to funnel national donations to Coakley, the attorney general. The committee has recently attracted top fund-raiser Jon Patsavos, but a Coakley spokesman would not say how much the organizations have helped raise.
The more I see of Republican Leadership – or what passes for leadership – the more convinced I am that the jerks currently holding office in DC like being in the minority.