Has the DCCC Bailed on
Need to confirm this news, but Matt Mackowiak is a connected GOP consultant in Texas and tends not to be wrong about these sorts of things. He’s often quoted as a source by Politico.
If he’s right, then it pretty much says the DCCC has determined that Pat Kreitlow’s on his own and will likely lose to freshman Cong. Sean Duffy. The amusing part for me about that news is that it’s shown that “capper’s” little push this past weekend on anti-Duffy posts appear to be a last minute oppo drop of a flailing campaign. (Just a guess, but hey, who else would Zielinski send it to for eyeballs?)
But hey, Liebs got to post a decade-plus old naked picture of Duffy which was explained as “youthful idiocy” years ago. Must have been on our favorite AFSCME hack’s bucket list.
Bit of an insight into the other seats. NC-08 is currently held by a Democrat, but redistricting in North Carolina has made it much more Republican. The Cook Political Report ranks the seat for this November as “Leans Republican.”
FL-18 is the seat held by former Army Lt. Col. Allen West, he has been a target for many uber-liberals who hate the very thought of a black conservative. Cook has the race as “Republican Toss-up.”
UPDATE: Roll Call confirms two of the three Mackowiak lists, FL-18 and NC-08. Nothing yet however on WI-07.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee canceled a week of airtime in Rep. Allen West’s (R-Fla.) district starting Oct. 9, according to multiple sources tracking the buy.
Democrats cite a substantial House Majority PAC buy — $1 million over a few weeks including Oct. 9 — as the reason they pulled their reservation in the West Palm Beach market that week.
It’s almost never a good sign when a committee cuts airtime for a candidate. The cancellation comes on the heels of the DCCC’s move to cancel a second weeklong buy for Rep. Larry Kissell’s (D-N.C.) tough re-election bid.
But unlike Kissell’s bid, the Florida race remains competitive — at least compared with other Democratic pickup opportunities (Roll Call rates it as Leans Republican). And the DCCC has given no other indication that it’s ready to give up on the race, either.
I’ll keep looking.
UPDATE II: Apparently, it’s not WI-07 the DCCC and others running ads are abandoning, it’s WI-08. Which frankly, makes more sense to me at this point in the campaign. At least, that’s what Moe Lane of RedState was able to uncover.
The Service Employees International Union has canceled a previously scheduled television ad buy in support of businessman Jamie Wall’s (D) challenge of Rep. Reid Ribble ®.
Roll Call has learned from a source monitoring Wisconsin advertising markets that the union will no longer follow through with its approximately $130,000 reservation in the Green Bay media market, which covers the 8th district. But the same source noted that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is still scheduled to go on television in Green Bay on Oct. 9.
The House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, had previously canceled a $130,000 television ad-buy reservation in mid-September.
A buy by October 9th is practically a promise to pull the money later. Time will tell if they do.