What the Mid 2009 Fund-raising Numbers Mean
Well, we know how much each of the major players (so far that we know of) in the 2010 Wisconsin Gubernatorial campaign raised, and has on hand to fight the big, giant, scary, fight next year.
So then; at this stage of the game, what do all the numbers mean?
Well, not really nothing, but in the long-term – Pittance.
In the short-term however, it could an indicator of just how committed Governor Jim Doyle – a wholly-owned subsidiary of WEAC – is to running for re-election next fall. Now, I stand on my previous prediction that Doyle will indeed run for re-election, but all the campaign flackery from today about “governing the state instead of fund-raising” is complete bovine excrement from Team Doyle.
Doyle campaign spokesman Mike Edmondson said fundraising hasn’t been the governor’s primary focus during the first six months of the year.
“The governor has been focused on governing and protecting education and bring jobs to Wisconsin,” Edmondson said. “He’s not been focused on politics at this point.”
Yeah…please. As the numbers clearly show, there is no fund-raising restriction for Doyle for raising money during the State Budget.
Politics is all Jim Doyle knows. His breakfast table as a little boy was likely akin to a Doctorate class in political tactics as he sat their listening to his parents.
For all the Republicans and conservatives happy with the Walker amount, fine. Enjoy the moment. But I can tell you that in 2006 Mark Green out-raised Doyle nearly three to one in the fund-raising period just prior to the Primary.
Doyle answered by shaking the money tree…hard and won the final fund-raising period easily. Our side should never forget, he has a machine, and all he needs to is turn the key in the ignition to turn it on.