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DCCC Abandoning Tom Perriello?

by: lowkell

Sun Sep 05, 2010 at 11:53:16 AM EDT


If true, this truly sucks.
"We are going to have to win these races one by one," said Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, conceding that the party would ultimately cut loose members who had not gained ground.

With the midterm campaign entering its final two months, Democrats acknowledged that several races could quickly move out of their reach, including re-election bids by Representatives Betsy Markey of Colorado, Tom Perriello of Virginia, Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio and Frank Kratovil Jr. of Maryland, whose districts were among the 55 Democrats won from Republicans in the last two election cycles.

What's so frustrating here is that all of these Democrats - Markey, Perriello, Kilroy, Kratovil - voted "yes" on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), and two - Perriello and Kilroy - voted "yes" on the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Yet these are the candidates the DCCC is talking about ditching? Lame.

So, a few questions for the DCCC: 1) Are the polls on these representatives' races really worse than those for Glenn Nye and other supposed "Democrats" who voted "nay" on both ACES and health care reform?; 2) More broadly, shouldn't you be rewarding Democrats who took tough/courageous votes for Democratic Party priorities and not rewarding those who decided, as Monty Python might say, to "run away!?!"; 3) Should you really be spending the money that we give you on candidates who go around bashing their own party, its ideals, and its leadership?

Yes, I understand that this is politics, and that it can be ruthlessly Machiavellian. But seriously, DCCC, do you really expect activists to give you money and support when you do @#$@ like this? Just sayin'.

UPDATE: The DCCC has issued a statement (see after the "flip"), essentially denying the New York Times story. I guess time will tell...

UPDATE #2: Paul Goldman weighs in with some interesting thoughts on all this.

lowkell :: DCCC Abandoning Tom Perriello?
"Today's New York Times story erroneously suggests that the DCCC has decided not to allocate resources to specific campaigns. That simply is not the case.

"The Members of Congress referenced in the article are all running strong campaigns focused on their solid records and drawing sharp distinctions between themselves and their opponents on the key issues at stake in this election. The DCCC is heavily invested in these campaigns. In each campaign mentioned, the DCCC has provided and continues to provide support  for field operations and other key campaign activities.

"House campaigns are won race-by-race on the ground and our Members and candidates are running aggressive voter contact programs focused on the choice between policies that will accelerate job growth and those that would kill the fragile recovery.  House Republican candidates,  whose views are far out of the mainstream of swing districts, will have to answer for their plans to: repeal the law to  rein in reckless speculation on Wall Street; give subsidies to companies that outsource American jobs; bust the budget and balloon the deficit; and privatize Medicare and Social Security.

"Every campaign cycle the DCCC and other campaign committees face difficult resource allocation decisions and this election cycle is no different. What is different is the kind of choice before the American people at this critical juncture - do we move forward and build on the fragile economic progress we have made or do we adopt an economic agenda that will kill the budding job growth and send us back into a deep economic ditch."

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They're more concerned with stanching the bleeding (0.00 / 0)
If they keep dumping money into lost causes (and I'm not saying Perriello is a lost cause, but he is certainly not leading by any stretch of the imagination), it's money that won't go to defending seats that are on the bubble. A firewall strategy is essential to keep losses down to an acceptable level instead of a tidal wave, and could mean the difference between losing 30-40 seats and losing 50-60 seats.

And it's not like they haven't long since given up on some conservadem seats like TN-06 and LA-03.


DCCC Delivers Cash (0.00 / 0)
Perriello has money Lowell because we all like him so much.  How crucial is money to his campaign at this point?

Good question. (4.00 / 1)
I could ask the same question about the DINO's the DCCC seems intent on supporting instead of Tom and others from the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party."

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[ Parent ]
DINOs? Like Nye and Connolly? I've heard from OFA folks that OFA will not be helping Nye (1.00 / 1)
It had previously been reported that DCCC had reserved TV time in the 5th and the 11th.  

Does anyone know if it has let that ad time go?


[ Parent ]
Connolly is NOT a "DINO" (4.00 / 2)
He voted for ACES ("Waxman-Markey," aka "cap and trade") AND health care reform AND the "stimulus" and pretty much every other top priority.  No, Gerry Connolly and I will never be friends, and his bull**** about the Bush tax cuts makes me very angry, but overall I can't complain about his voting record in Congress to date. Nye, on the other hand....argh!

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[ Parent ]
How about voting against the April jobs bill? And using campaign literature that didn't identify him as a Democrat? (0.00 / 0)
You can't be ok with those moves.

[ Parent ]
Name one congressman (0.00 / 0)
who passes the "purity test." Right, there's pretty much nobody.

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[ Parent ]
again with the purity argument, that's someone else's torch not mine. (0.00 / 0)
There are scores of members of Congress who voted for the HIR, and cap & trade & the stimulus & the April jobs bill and are on the record against extending the Shrub tax cuts or raising the retirement age.

That describes the majority of the Democratic caucus.

In some cases of "no" votes like Boucher, the district is so R that any votes for any part of the progressive agenda are a gift.  Nate Silver once described Boucher as the most valuable Democrat in Congress because of the overwhelmingly Republican nature of his district.

Then there are people like Steve Lynch who is in a D+11 district.  Barney Frank's district isn't as Democratic.  But Lynch votes the wrong way on HIR and choice. He could cast every vote with Alan Grayson or Anthony Weiner and never lose more than 30% of the vote in a general election. He's being primaried and rightfully so. Progressives should be pummelling this guy.

Gerry's in a D+2 district but is taking positions on the Shrub taxes and the jobs bill and waffled on HIR in a fashion worthy of a candidate in a lean R district.  Can't wait to hear him on raising the retirement age.

How do you propose to hold such a Congressman in such a district accountable to the party on which he depends for election if not by witholding your support now?


[ Parent ]
Your last question's already been answered (0.00 / 0)
It's called a "primary." At this point, we're way past that, now the choice is either a heinous right-wing nutjob or the Democrat. I'll take the Democrat.

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Please go back & read my first comment on RenaRf's diary. (0.00 / 0)
I respect her choice and the agony she experienced reaching her decision.

It's not my choice.

For that I get accused of being "immature", a "garden slug," a "political asshole," a "teabagging purist," "naive," "assinine," compared to a "Communist,"boneheaded" and stubborn.

I thought ad hominem attacks were not allowed on this blog.

Its enough to make a guy feel unwelcome.

The intensity of the vitriol is more revealing of the attackers than me.

I'm not working for Fimian but for Barnett, Perriello and Boucher and Hodes for NH Senate and Marshall for NC Senate.

Besides Glenn Nye is there any D that my attackers would not work for or contribute to?

Is this a progressive blog or a Democratic blog?

Love and respect to all.


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You can ask that question 1,000 times (0.00 / 0)
and you'll get, essentially, the same answer: this is a progressive blog that generally supports Democrats. Next subject.

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The Globe just endorsed Delesandro over Lynch in the primary for the MA-9 (0.00 / 0)
The Globe endorsement carries even more weight there among Ds than the Post does here.  If the Post can swing it for Deeds, Mac's looking very good.

Hopefully, the progressives on this blog will help him out with a contribution today.

How about an answer the immediately prior questions, Lowell.

Are ad hominen attacks on fellow commentators permitted here?

Besides Glenn Nye, is there any D you would not work for or contribute to?


[ Parent ]
Martin the Pure (0.00 / 1)
If a guy votes your way 95% of the time, why would you give them so much shit for the other 5%, especially when he votes your way on all the big stuff?  Again, you're the liberal version of a teabagger where if you're not pure, you're happy to cut off your nose to spite your face by working against the candidate.

Basically, you're a political asshole.  Always backing losers, always complaining, never happy.


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right back at ya, NJS. (0.00 / 0)
Backed Sestack over Specter among many, many winners.

The April jobs bill and the Shrub tax cuts are only 5% of you agenda.  Good to know


[ Parent ]
What has Sestack won? (0.00 / 0)
A primary, and now he's polling way behind a complete douchebag of a teabagger, Mr Club for Growth.  End result will most likely be a Democratic seat turning over to an extreme conservative Republican.

Yeah, many, many winners.  Until the general election.


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Specter polled worse against Toomey (0.00 / 0)


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Also, I'd point out that the NRCC (0.00 / 0)
is probably going to pour in big money to Hurt.

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Dems seem 2 have forgotten what Dean taught them (4.00 / 2)
with 50 state strategy.

Abandon races that in fact might still be winnable, or even if not, and then Republicans can shift resources to the other races you think you are defending.  That's a lose-lose strategy.

Perriello's race is winnable.  Polls do not tell the story.  One needs to look at things like field organization among other things.

If the DCCC abandons Perriello, they will be discouraging good candidates from running.

I thought we had gotten away from the kind of thinking Emanuel used to employ at DCCC.  

Stop playing defense.  Go on offense. Start attacking the Republican ideas and people - start reminding people Republicans would slash social security, give tax cuts to rich people and corporations, were unwilling to support stimulus funds that kept some people employed, and opposed funds to save the jobs of teachers and cops and firemen.

There is a winning argument out there.  Why in hell isn't THAT what Van Hollen is talking about?


Excellent Question (0.00 / 0)
I have a suggestion. My husband and I, in the 6th District, decided long ago to give our contributions to Tom Perriello this cycle. I have told several paid DCCC people who called for a contribution that I was doing that and would not send them anything this year. Same goes for the DNC. Tom has a good-sized war chest and an awesome organizing effort. Anybody else out there think he's worth supporting financially? Go to his website and donate.

I understand the brutal politics that the DCCC is practicing. I would remind those dummies, however, that what brought us victory in 2006 and 2008 was a combination of GOPers inability to govern and Howard Dean's 50-state strategy. The GOP is still as unable to govern. However, it seems that the DNC and the DCCC want to go back to the bad old days of cutting good Democrats loose. Stupid, stupid...


[ Parent ]
It also hurts the long-term "brand" (0.00 / 0)
of the Democratic Party and everything it stands for. So, it's also really bad long-term strategy for the DCCC and DNC, that is if they care about anything but the next election and possibly Obama's reelection in 2012 (which I doubt they do).

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One Example (4.00 / 2)
Until Howard Dean instituted the 50-state strategy in Mississippi, the state party staff there consisted of one paid person and a half-time secretary. The Democrats thought they had died and gone to heaven when Dean sent four full-time organizers to the state.

I once had a coach who told us, "If you don't show up ready to fight and win, you've lost already and may as well not show up at all."


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Making the hard, pragmatic choices (4.00 / 1)
I am not in the least bit angry at the DCCC for this. Indeed, being a pragmatic sort myself, I even sympathize with the need to make the hard choices with money.

And being equally pragmatic with my own limited resources, this will unfortunately mean much less money for them from me. Actually, it will mean no money from me this cycle, as I will give my money directly to those who best reflect my values and who are indeed in the democratic wing of the Democratic Party.

That probablly means I will donate directly to Tom Perriello and not to the DCCC this cycle. I suggest other progressives do the same.  


Well said. (0.00 / 0)
I encourage everyone to give directly - and exclusively - to the candidates of your choice, preferably from the "Democratic wing of the Democratic Party!"

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Yep (4.00 / 1)
I used to send "50 bucks for 50 states" to DNC, whenever I had it to spare. Maybe less, when times were tight. But, when Dean and his strategy were booted out, I quit doing that. I don't have a lot of money, and don't like to see what little I have wasted on semi-Dems. Like Elaine, I'm in the hopeless 6th and, like Elaine, I'm funneling my money to Periello. But I do it via Act Blue, leaving them a 10% tip.  

[ Parent ]
Does anyone know of a list of progressive senate and congressional candidates where our money can make a difference. (0.00 / 0)
I've mentioned Mac Delassandro challenging conservadem Steve Lynch, who voted against HIR, in the D+11 Massachusetts 9th.

Anne Kuster in NH 2nd is in a primary against a consevadem.

Both of these primaries are on the 14th so your contribution can still make a difference.

After that I'm focusing on saving progressives from wingnut teabaggers.

Please identify those races for the rest of us.


[ Parent ]
Check out DFA (0.00 / 0)
They have some great endorsements.

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So (0.00 / 0)
where are Warner and Webb? I cannot believe Tom would be abandoned at this point. Cannot believe it. He has done a fine job-albeit not as progressive as I like-but very good with constituents and town halls. He needs to get in Southside heavily and start campaigning. C'Ville is his-the rest of the 5th I'm not sure of.

And he has money. More than Hurt and the tea partier Clarke.


Don't know about Warner (0.00 / 0)
but Webb is coming to our (Buena Vista) Dem breakfast tomorrow. And cutting his appearance short, because he's due to campaign with Periello. So, it appears that Webb at least is "doing his bit" :)

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I'll contact the DCCC today... (0.00 / 0)
...and let them know that Perriello is too effective and meaningful of a Democrat for them to cut loose.

And as someone who is giving them a monthly automatic donation from my credit card, they better listen!!

BTW, let's remember that Van Hollen did a fantastic job in the last election, and not abandon him just yet, either.  This is the time for all of us to hang together to make sure we don't just get hung separately...

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I'd definitely stop the monthly automatic donation (0.00 / 0)
and redirect to candidates you've picked yourself. The DCCC is simply too unreliable to give blanket support to.

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If (0.00 / 0)
I had money to give I would give it directly to Perriello's campaign, not the DCCC. So I will work instead for his campaign.

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tome is raising money pretty well (0.00 / 0)
DCCC money is important, but in Tom's case, it's more symbolic than anything else.  No candidate should depend on cash from any of the national efforts, just as no candidate at the state/local level should depend on cash from the state party or House/Senate caucuses.  That type of money should be used for targeted, saturation campaigns like a series of TV ads a week or two before the election.  Those funds shouldn't be counted on for day-to-day campaign work.

Everyone should always donate directly to candidates of their choice, assuming they won't go over the donation limits.  


Nothing like punishing your guys (0.00 / 0)
Sometimes the incompetence seems to strong that it seems that they are doing this on purpose. I can't stop hearing those comedians saying that politicians were like pro wrestling.

Oh, well. I guess I had 2 years where I could relax and not worry that the country was being turned into a third world country by Republican.


Just a moment.. (0.00 / 0)
The DCCC is helping those that need help with financing.
Tom has plenty of money and he is being helped by the likes of Democracy for America, who has staffers on the ground as of this weekend. OFA has done training for Tom's local team.
Districts inside of Va are doing phone banking, sending money.
Every Dem does not need the DCCC help, they can do it themselves.
The Democratic Party has outraised the rebubs.
So..............cause they don't give the money to Tom is not a minus. Who would think he would have over two million dollars in the 5th District.
So, give what you can, I will.

DCCC, DNC, Kaine (4.00 / 1)
All prefer the blue dogs DINOs over candidates like Tom.  Nye votes with blue dogs so they will stand by him  

You forgot (0.00 / 0)
DSCC. Which supported Lincoln. Thankfully, not on my dime :)

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This could be a sign of bad things to come (0.00 / 0)
I remember many saying during the health care debate and everything else that they would stand behind and support those congressmen and women who make the right decision and vote in support of good legislation (health care, clean energy and so forth).  If this article proves true, which I have no reason to doubt it is untrue what the DCCC will be doing in abandoning candidates then the next two years are going to be terrible for Obama.  There is no doubt Perriello is in the fight of his life and in all honest some of his votes will hurt him in a lower turnout election like this will be in comparison to 2008 but they were the right votes for his constituents and America.  Now he is being essentially left for dead by the DCCC.  If he is and many vulnerable candidates survive what incentive to they have in believing the word of the DCCC or even the White House in saying they'll "have their backs"?

In honesty, Tomand hi


IPhone fail (0.00 / 0)
I'll conclude by saying Tom is a tireless campaigner who I think can win without the help of the DCCC and his ability to raise money through his support of progressive Dems even though be hasn't been as "progressive" as some would like. Remember, neither has Obama on some things!!

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another lesson in MSM reading comp (0.00 / 0)
With the midterm campaign entering its final two months, Democrats acknowledged that several races could quickly move out of their reach, including...

no sourcing, no direct quote, i infer either maddening "backgrounders," or the imaginative reporters pulled the names from their reading of headline polls.  

meanwhile, we must remember that there are overlapping entities within the party working various dem campaigns.  the D-trip, not usually a very courageous lot, may very well start pulling some dough, so everybody give and keep giving individually.  not convinced D-trip help is/was make-or-break for perriello.  meanwhile, OFA is still on the ground, has been, will be, they have their field plan.  this all comes from the white house.  the prez shall honor his allies (for good or ill, btw).  


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