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bfealk Donating Member (420 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-26-07 09:22 AM
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10. Here's what I don't understand
Nancy seems to wear with pride the fact that she was outspent 7 to 1. That's a BAD thing that she wasn't able to raise the money necessary to beat Knollenberg last time, not a good thing. It's sure something I wouldn't be proud of. And that situation will only be made worse by having a strong candidate like Gary Peters, whose fundraising has been doing very well, raising over $200,000 in six weeks after he got in the race.

She had the wind at her back last time and was only able to raise $400,000.

So here's my question: How does she improve on that performance this time when virtually all the local politicians are supporting Gary Peters? How does she improve on that performance this time, when all the powers that be are behind Gary? Oh, I know, you'll say she was let down last time by the DCCC and find all kinds of excuses why Nancy didn't raise the money necessary last time. She did have union support last time. She had early support from Governor Granholm. But the fact is she had the same chance as anyone else and the only person that was left in at the last minute bowed out, allowing Nancy to not have to face a primary. I think you might want to ask Nancy if she really did do the hard work, getting on the phone and spending the 30 hours a week raising money, that everyone getting into politics says is necessary to have a successful campaign and successful fund raising effort. Maybe it was Nancy that let us down with her lack of direction of her efforts into fund raising, instead of attending public events, etc. Nancy loves to be on stage, but maybe she wasn't doing the hard work behind the scenes necessary to win.

Nancy says she had polling showing her pulling a possible upset and yet in the 6/30/06 fundraising quarter only raised $60,146, according to her FEC report. That is not a strong showing for our "strong" candidate that came within 5% of beating Joe.

And of course you left out the fact that Gary has actually won an election to the Michigan State Senate and was the minority leader during the time of the Engler administration. He's actually passed legislation, was the Sierra Club Environmentalist of the Year for preventing drilling for oil in the U.P. Gary's Senate district included most of the 9th Congressional District.

I'd say Gary has earned his stripes in politics and will represent the citizens of the district well and with distinciton.
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