Wednesday, October 22, 2008

MN-06: GOP Pulling Their Ads From Bachmann

Now this was a shocker. The NRCC is pulling its ads from Michelle Bachmann's campaign. The backlash from her latest episode appears to be much worse than I realized. If the Republican Party is withdrawing its support, that really makes me wonder what their internal polling is telling them. They have far too many Congressional seats to defend this cycle, and too few resources, so this move is very telling.

I can't wait to see the latest poll numbers for MN-06. Should be very interesting. I still expect a very close finish, but we should be able to pull off a win. Wow, we have four competitive races here in Minnesota, and we can win all of them. I only wish I had more time to volunteer for all of them. Rest assured I'll be quite busy this weekend volunteering for the campaigns.

Five days after Rep. Michele Bachmann went on a McCarthy-esque rant suggesting Barack Obama was unpatriotic and urging the major newspapers of the country to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, the national Republican political parties are running for cover.

Two sources aware of ad buys in Minnesota say that the National Republican Congressional Committee is pulling its media purchases from Bachmann's race. If true, it is a remarkable fall for a congresswoman who, until recently, seemed relatively safe in her predominantly conservative district. The race had become closer in recent days -- the NRCC had transferred funds from Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03) to Bachmann a little over a week ago.

In the days following her appearance on Hardball, however, Bachmann has watched as her challenger, El Tinklenberg raised more than a million dollars off her incendiary remarks. That surge in fundraising put Bachmann's re-election in a far less certain position. Bachmann tried to stem the bleeding by telling the press she was sorry for her remarks. But with the national party now apparently pulling the plug, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

No comments: