Anyone who’s willing to challenge John Murtha on his home turf is ok in my eyes. If you want my undivided attention, though, is when the fundraising dollars come flowing in for that prospective candidate. That’s what’s apparently happening according to this post:

According to campaign manager, Peg Luksik, William Russell for Congress reported raising $637,137 to Murtha’s $113,155 to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). The combined totals from the first and second quarters of 2008 exceed $900,000.

Michele Bachmann had an impressive fundraising quarter in Q2, 2008. According to Larry Schumacher’s post, Rep. Bachmann raised $346,000. To raise almost twice that isn’t just impressive. It’s eye popping.

Peg Luksik frames this perfectly here:

“The incredible story about Bill’s campaign is that the $15 and $25 contributions are coming in from all over Pennsylvania and every corner of the country,” said Luksik. “This is K-Street versus Main Street. These are patriotic families expressing support for soldiers, sailors and Marines, and people saying they’ve had enough of the old ‘pay-to-play’ culture in the Capitol. That’s what’s fueling this campaign.”

Let’s not kid ourselves. John Murtha has bought alot of votes with his DC-to-Johnsville porktrain. It isn’t difficult to imagine that people who’ve gotten addicted to Murtha’s pork will do everything possible to keep their pork flowing.

Let’s hope this is the year where the K Street Goliath is felled by a Main Street David.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

4 Responses to “Something’s Happening Here!!!”

  • Walter hanson says:

    I’m one of those people who have given money to Russell. I’ve noticed that a bunch of militiary people are running as Republicans (the Democrats like to brag about their Minnesota people). This will be great if Mr. Russell can defeat Murtha in what is suppose to be a Democrat year.

    One interesting detail you might want to know about if you look at the numbers Murtha’s vote total in what was a great year in PA for Democrats was the lowest winning total for the Democrats.
    Furthermore in Minnesota 10 congressional candidates (the eight winners plus losers Gutknecht and Wetterling) got more votes.

    It looks like there is upside for Russell in this race.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    Walter, this would’ve been the Democrats’ year if gas had stayed under $3/gallon.

    It turned the minute that they started making mistake after mistake on gas prices.

    It ain’t the Democrats’ year anymore.

  • Walter hanson says:

    Garry keep in mind one website (which does have the presidential election being close) predicts a loss of seven seats with just one going Republican. If races like Russell’s go our way instead of the Democrats the losses in the house will be very low or heaven forbid a gain for the Republicans.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Gary Gross says:

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the GOP picks up seats in the House. They’ll likely lose seats in the Senate but nothing remotely enough to give the D’s a filibuster-proof majority.

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