Making good on a pledge to boost Republican Congressional margins, the party’s House campaign arm announced Friday it had raised nearly $7 million in April.
The National Republican Campaign Committee posted a $6.9 million month, leading its cross-party counterpart by nearly a half-million in the same period.
First out of the gate with their fundraising report, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee breathlessly choreographed to press that last month’s haul marked the best April in the group’s history. Best ever, and yet still trailing Republicans.
The news should give Georgia Rep. John Barrow, considered by most handicappers a deeply vulnerable incumbent, pause.
The deep south is for national Republicans a target-rich environment, wrought by vulnerable Democratic incumbents and dysfunctional local party apparatuses. (North Carolina, despite playing host to the party’s national convention later this year, has been rocked by a sex scandal in the state party, while Georgia Democrats have proven unable to raise funds for critical GOTV efforts aimed at youth and African Americans.)
The 2010 cycle saw the toppling of 16 Democratic seats in the region. And fundraising reports like today’s show Republicans are poised for another similar rout.
In reaction to a Washington Post opinion editorial in which Barrow lamented the dwindling ranks of moderates, the NRCC said the Georgia congressman was an “Athens liberal” merely masquerading as a moderate:
NRCC wastes no time attacking @RepJohnBarrow for his WaPo op ed on decline of moderates — saying word doesnt fit the “Athens liberal”
— Daniel Malloy (@ajconwashington) May 18, 2012
But establishment Republicans are not the only ones eying Georgia’s twelfth.
- James Richardson