If you think Alecia Webb-Edgington’s endorsements yesterday came as a “surprise” – as she claimed in an email blast?
From: Alecia Webb-Edgington
Sent: Mon, Apr 23, 2012 5:32 pm
Subject: Surprise Endorsements
A few minutes ago we announced some game changing good news in this campaign!
Senator Jim Bunning and Congressman Geoff Davis both endorsed my candidacy for Congress at a rally in Covington early this afternoon.
Then you aren’t paying attention. Davis has been involved since day one and Jim Bunning has been pressured since the beginning.
But don’t let this go to your head just yet.
Why would Alecia roll something like that out before Derby in Kentucky when no one is paying attention to politics? Two big reasons: she’s tanked in the polls and couldn’t raise money if Greg Stumbo made it rain all around her (not just because she’s never in Frankfort to cast a vote). Common sense and political experience would have had her wait until after the Kentucky Derby. She’d roll out the Bunning endorsement (note: he promised both Moore and Massie he wasn’t getting involved) one week, the Davis endorsement the next and would do so with paid media. But. Uh. That common sense and political experience thing has to go out the window, apparently.
Unfortunately, neither the endorsement from Jim Bunning nor Geoff Davis will turn into much of a cash cow for Webb-Edgington. You’ll recall that Bunning couldn’t raise money for himself so he dropped out of the U.S. Senate race. And Davis? Look at his campaign finance reports. Most of his money – and he has readily admitted such on these pages – comes from Political Action Committees, lobbyists and companies that only give to sitting congresspeople. He says he accepts cash like that so he doesn’t have to be bothered with actually raising money and being politically indebted to anyone. He doesn’t have a campaign finance machine in Kentucky to rely upon. It’s unfortunate because Webb-Edgington’s folks are both Bunning and Davis people and have first-hand experience with the campaign finance realities in those camps.
One thing’s for sure: yesterday’s move likely caused more drama in the 4th District than it helped Alecia Webb-Edgington. Her campaign staffers have been busy trying to leave nasty comments here all night so we know they’ve got a lot of free time on their hands.