Thursday, November 17, 2005

Rahm Needs Mail

It seems that Rahm Emanuel, in his zeal to aggressively recruit a "stronger" candidate for IL-06, has garnered some attention for his efforts. Seems some Democrats aren't happy that he's trying, as Lynn Sweet put it, to undermine the Cegelis campaign. From The Hill:
Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), aggressively courting strong Democratic House candidates, is facing an awkward situation back home.

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Cegelis, who ran against Hyde in 2004 and gained 44 percent of the vote in a shoestring campaign helped by Howard Dean’s Internet troops, has a network of supporters who have been e-mailing me that they are not keen on Emanuel’s recruiting drive in their Democratic back yard. Cegelis’s campaign manager, Patrick Mogge, told me she has no intention of backing down for Emanuel.

But, I thought Cegelis didn't have any real support. I mean, come on, look at her fundraising numbers they keep whispering their dissatisfaction about! So where did this "network of supporters" come from? How could such a network exist, since obviously Ms. Cegelis doesn't have the cash on hand to pay for any media to reach said supporters with?

This is typical. Democrats in the district support Cegelis in her run against Hyde. Rahm and the DCCC look at her bottom line and write her off as a candidate, further undermining her fundraising in the 2006 race. Democrats in the district say Cegelis has invested in a strong volunteer organization and campaign infrastructure for 2006. Beltway folks ignore them, opting instead for a "war hero" candidate with no experience or organization. Locals like what they see, giving in small amounts, leading to over 1,300 contributors - three times Roskam's number - to Cegelis this year. The DCCC doesn't care how many supporters she has, but would rather look tough, playing within the GOP "Democrats are weak" frame, by supporting a candidate who may not even live in the district and seems poised to support, in DLC fashion, the Iraq war - a unpopular position in DuPage county, especially among Democrats and Independents.

Brilliant!

Did anyone tell these guys that according to the latest polls Bush is at 31% approve and 67% disapprove in Illinois? Did anyone show these guys the results from the 2005 elections where anyone who supported Bush or his war was voted out of office? Did anyone explain to these guys that being just another pro-war Democrat in DuPage doesn't look tough, just stupid. You know, looking at it this way, I don't anyone has told Rahm or the DCCC any of this stuff.

Yeesh! You people are emailing the wrong person! And you call yourself organized supporters. The person you should be emailing is Rahm Emanuel and the DCCC. Maybe you should write him and tell him that what ever they hell he has against Cegelis, he should get over it. Maybe suggest that he should start helping the candidates like Cegelis who are positioned to lay into their Republican opponents. Maybe he should rethink spending his time and resources recruiting out of district candidates for costly primary races while the GOP sits back leisurely raises more money.

Maybe you just need to point this out to him:

Congressman Rahm Emanuel:
Washington, DC
1319 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
phone: 202-225-4061
fax: 202-225-5603

Chicago
3742 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618
phone: 773-267-5926
fax: 773-267-6583

Email Page

Democatic Congressional Campaign Committee:
430 South Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone Number: 202-863-1500
Email Address: dccc@dccc.org