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 Murthaâ€™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:
â€œThe incredible story about Billâ€™s campaign is that the $15 and $25 contributions are coming in from all over Pennsylvania and every corner of the country,â€ said Luksik. â€œThis is K-Street versus Main Street. These are patriotic families expressing support for soldiers, sailors and Marines, and people saying theyâ€™ve had enough of the old â€˜pay-to-playâ€™ culture in the Capitol. Thatâ€™s whatâ€™s fueling this campaign.â€
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.
Cross-posted at California Conservative