Maxine Moul's "Moolah"by Kyle Michaelis
In my previous post, I failed to mention that the discussion about Scott Kleeb's campaign at Swing State Project began with the site's inclusion of First District candidate Maxine Moul on an exclusive list of Democratic challengers who had managed to raise more campaign funds in the first quarter of 2006 than the incumbent Republican they face.
Maxine Moul (D)Moul raised 2 1/2 times what Fortenberry was able to pull together. That's quite the distinction, demonstrating not only Moul's legitimacy but also just how much dissatisfaction there is with Fortenberry.
1Q Raised/Cash-on-Hand: $210K/$179K
Jeff Fortenberry (R)
1Q Raised/Cash-on-Hand: $85K/$416K
Looks like the shutdown of Tom DeLay's pipeline of corrupt campaign cash might be taking its toll after being forced to resign from Congress.
There's no way these fundraising totals are anything but good news. Still, even with a candidate of Moul's impressive credentials and overwhelming experience, a victory in this race is going to take every ounce of passion and, yes, every dollar that Nebraska's common sense voters can give. Fortenberry has a solid and resilient base of support, even if his blind partisanship has alienated anyone with an independent thought in his or her head.
If more people actually take a look at Fortenberry's voting record, he's clearly going to be vulnerable. But, first, they need a reminder of who Maxine Moul is and why she's such a great candidate.
In her life story, her expertise in rural economics, even her stances on the issues, Moul has Fortenberry beat hands down for her connection with the interests and values of First District voters - the voters Fortenberry has so failed to represent by taking orders from Washington D.C. party bosses rather than the people back at home.
So, congratulations to Moul for this impressive show of early strength. She and Kleeb deserve their success. And, all of Nebraska will surely benefit from their campaigns to restore decency, independence, and an actual voice to our Congressional delegation.