Many are reporting Ernie Fletcher’s (rumored) dismal fundraising numbers. While his campaign bank account may be indicative of waning support, we don’t think it will matter so much when it comes solely to finances.
By mid-October 2003 the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had spent about $1 million in Kentucky. If there weren’t other competitive races (the vast majority went to MO and MS) at the time it would have spent more. 2007 is a different story since Kentucky’s is the only competitive race. Mississippi and Louisiana are likely already in the bag for Republicans. The fact that all eyes are on the Beshear-Fletcher race this year should send a message to the Bluegrass State: get ready for RGA money.
As of 06/30/2007, the RGA had received about $12 million in contributions (according to IRS reporting – PDF link) and had more than $8 million on hand. Which means it will pad Fletcher’s coffers with all the cash he could possibly need to keep up. No, it doesn’t mean these efforts will accomplish anything. But people are fooling themselves if they think the RGA isn’t going to try to hold on to the Kentucky governor’s mansion with every dime it can spare. Just take a look at the front page of its website and you will see just how important Fletcher is to them. They feature his first campaign commercial of the general election.
Democrats: If you want to win you may want to get off your high horse of feeling invincible and pay attention to your competition. Run like there’s not a 20-point lead because that’s certainly what the other guys are doing. Republicans: Nice job controlling the conversation. No one’s caught on yet. They probably never will. Both: If you aren’t working as hard as you possibly can this year… what could you possibly learn and put to use during the next election cycle?