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DCCC Still Doesn't Think Wulsin Has Much of a Shot
June 20, 2008 08:53 AM
I'm sure they'll add her to their "Red to Blue" program later this summer. But round three of their list of targeted pick-ups is out, and Ohio 02 isn't on the list. From The Hill:
Democrat Victoria Wulsin came within 3,000 votes of defeating Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) in 2006 and is taking another shot this year, but she’s still got something to prove to national Democrats.
Unlike every other near-miss rematch candidate, Wulsin has not yet been named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Red to Blue program.
The Democrats were fools to pick Wulsin over Steve Black in the primary. Yes, Wulsin came close last time. But Black is a much better fit for the district.
Getting on the Red to Blue list brings lots of attention and money. The Wulsin Campaign seems ticked by the DCCC's neglect.
Wulsin spokesman Kevin Franck was critical of the DCCC, and cast doubt on whether national Democrats know what is happening on the ground. He pointed to recent gains in Democratic registrations and Wulsin’s outperforming in her district of Gov. Ted Strickland (D) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) in 2006.
“I’m not sure I understand the D-trip’s thinking, completely,” Franck said, adding: “Interacting with the D-trip and the national party organizations, when you get to the highest levels of decision-making, where the choices are made about which list a race goes on, there seems to be a lot of mystery surrounding the metrics they’re using.
“I think we have a very clear case. We have an incredibly unpopular incumbent in a district that’s not a Republican stronghold anymore. Vic has been running for two and a half years now. Her name ID is much higher than it was. We have more money than before.”
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has taken note of the DCCC’s lack of action. NRCC spokeswoman Julie Shutley, said: “With one loss already under her belt against Rep. Schmidt, Wulsin seems to be having a tough time convincing her own party she has a remote chance of launching a competitive campaign.”
If the Wulsin campaign hasn't made its case to the DCCC by now, it's probably too late. Like I said though, they'll add her to the list later this summer (they've already got her on some sort of watch list, that means it's coming next time). It'll give her the chance to put out a release that says the DCCC thinks the race is tightening, and she'll get some free media out of that.
But in the meantime, the campaign cash and the attention is going elsewhere.