NRCC and DCCC Agree On One Thing

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.

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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2 Responses to NRCC and DCCC Agree On One Thing

  1. Anne says:

    I think the pundits who are saying that Reed just isn’t campaigning hard enough are missing the real point: that he’s an incompetent legislator who just isn’t any good at this job. The only things that have kept him here this long are gerrymandering and corporate contributions.


  2. Deb Meeker says:

    Last time I saw, the GOP led House has an approval rating of 9%, at present. With further decisions on their part to continue “business as usual”, funneling large sums of money into NY23rd may not give the desired results this time.


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