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DCCC Abandoning Tom Perriello?


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.

“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.”

  • Johnny Longtorso

    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.

  • leedynamo

    Perriello has money Lowell because we all like him so much.  How crucial is money to his campaign at this point?

  • teacherken

    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?

  • AnonymousIsAWoman

    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.  


    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.

  • kindler

    …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…

  • NotJohnSMosby

    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.  

  • Hugo Estrada

    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.

  • linda b

    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.

  • johnb

    All prefer the blue dogs DINOs over candidates like Tom.  Nye votes with blue dogs so they will stand by him  

  • DanielK

    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

  • leftspace13

    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).  

    • martinlomasney