GOP Agrees: Pete Ricketts "Doesn't Have the Support" of Nebraskansby Kyle Michaelis
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has targeted Arizona Democrat Jim Pederson - his party's challenger to Sen. Jon Kyl - for his reliance on self-funding his own campaign. If this demonstrates weakness on the part of Pederson, however, the NRSC has just admitted that Pete Ricketts' campaign in Nebraska is all but dead in the water.
Through June 30th, Pederson had contributed $3.7 million to his own campaign, while raising around $2.6 million from other sources. Pete Ricketts, on the other hand, has already poured $5.5 million of his own money into this race and has had a hard time raising even $500 thousand from individual contributors.
With Ricketts matching up so poorly to Pederson, one can't fail to draw parallels to what the Senate Republicans have had to say on their website:
Because Arizonans have been unresponsive to his campaign, Dem challenger Jim Pederson has no choice but to open his own checkbook...Combine his weak fundraising numbers with news of a new campaign manager...and it’s apparent that Pederson doesn’t have the support of Arizonans.
Sound familiar? Try this on for size:
Because Nebraskans have been unresponsive to his campaign, Republican challenger Pete Ricketts has no choice but to open his own checkbook...Combine his weak fundraising numbers with news of a new campaign manager...and it’s apparent that Ricketts doesn’t have the support of Nebraskans.
What''s good for the goose is good for the gander. Of course, applying common sense to Republican talking points and expecting them to acknowledge logic are probably exercises in futility. But, the facts are what they are. Pete Ricketts is in trouble...by the GOPs own calculations. His campaign is dying on the vine, and even the NRSC - whose sole purpose it is to elect Republicans - knows it.