First Half Fundraising Release for Vulnerable House Democrats
CQ Politics has
the fundraising numbers for the 42 Democrats regarded as vulnerable in 2010 due to their junior status and/or
the partisan composition of their districts.
These are representatives the Republicans are going to try extra hard to defeat in 2010.
Here are the numbers.
The colors are based on the PVIs. Blue lines are districts more Democratic than the national
average; red lines are districts more Republican than the national average (based on the
past two presidential elections.)./p>
Although his mouth says he is not running for governor, his wallet is singing a different song.
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo
$5.1 million in the first half of 2009 (vs. $2.4 million)
for the declared candidate and incumbent governor, David Paterson.
Five million dollars is a lot of money for a popular incumbent AG in a very blue state, with no
Republican opponents on the horizon and election more than a year away.
Could Cuomo be loading up his piggy bank just in case
"the people asked me to run for governor"? As Sarah Palin would put it: "You betcha."
With repeated polls showing that Cuomo would crush all primary and general election opponents with ease,
the son of a former governor is surely just collecting money and biding his time until he is ready to make
his move. With his near 100% name recognition in the state already, he could wait until next Spring to
declare his candidacy. And Cuomo is surely aware that big-state governors are automatically presidential
wannabes. Besides, if he runs and wins twice, he will have been a cabinet officer, AG, as well as
governor for six years. Plenty of resume for the ambitious Cuomo.
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