A comment to a previous post asks about Jeff Latas’ fund raising. The campaign has raised about ten grand according to Open Secrets, the web site for the Center For Responsive Politics.
Latas is organizing an aggressive grass roots campaign. The campaign is launching a fund raising effort called “50/2000” which aims to raise fifty dollars from each of two thousand donors. Even if only partially successful that would be enough to take him through the primary.
If he wins the primary money will flow in torrents in the battle to lock down the seat for the Democrats.
Meanwhile, on the Giffords/Weiss front, the rumor gnomes report that Weiss is calling avowed Giffords supporters with a hard sell pitch to switch. It seems that Giffords might win the primary but that “because of her record” she “can’t win in the general.”
Weiss has it backwards. Giffords position as a centrist Democrat makes her slightly less palatable to the Democratic left, which is attracted to the Latas campaign in the primary. But CD 8 has independents and pissed-off Republicans who will welcome her in the general election.
Just a question: Is Latas being underestimated? Only polling will tell, but he doesn’t have enough money to poll and the others won’t say. Could he fly in under the radar?