The DCCC (Democrat Congressional Candidate Committee) and the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) agree on one thing: Rep. Tom Reed is a Highly Vulnerable Candidate! The NRCC announced over the week end that they are including our congressman in their “Patriot Project”, which is the fancy name for their ‘Incumbent Retention Program’. This program will be organizing fund raising events, bring in high-profiles Republicans and committing resources to their campaign. The committee demands that candidates meet strict fundraising benchmarks and commit to assembling a strong campaign plan.
That news comes on the heels of an article in Saturday’s Buffalo News article that takes aim at Rep. Reed’s poor showing in the 2102 elections. It said “even some Republican strategists – said Reed didn’t run hard enough last time, and they wonder if he might be taking it too easy this time as well.” It also pointed out that he “was first elected with support from the tea party groups in 2010” but “Reed has since moved more toward the center…. (his) voting record remains reliably Republican, and he’s taken strongly conservative positions on key legislation that’s now pending, such as the Farm Bill and immigration reform.” By voting “reliably Republican” he followed the Republcan leaders on favoring many issues that would help the middle class: voting against equal pay for equal work, voted to spend tax money to pay for the DOMA defense fund, voted against background checks, voted to limit abortion laws, voted for higher student loan rates. The list goes on.
As early as December 12, 2012, the DCCC pointed out that Reed was on their ‘vulnerable list’ by beginning to show web ads and play radio ads against Reed. They added a second round of ads in February-–this time focusing in on the sequester. In April there were other on-line political ads.
The Buffalo news also pointed out that other Western House Representatives (Brian Higgens (D-Buffalo) and Chris Collins (R-Clarence)) do not have announced challengers in their races. Until that happens, political eyes will be focused on this race.
The Rothenberg Political Report has placed our district in the “leans Republican” column. The Cooks Report has it a “Likely Republican” but that was before the Second Quarter fund raising totals were announced.
All signs point to the NY 23rd as a congressional district that will draw a lot of attention. Inquiring minds want to know how the attention will affect the the district’s politicical landscape. Stay tune, this just the beginning of the 2014 Congressional Race.
- House Dems already raise $40M for 2014 races (newsday.com)