Congressional District 11 Democratic candidate Jerry McNerney has prevailed in an on-line voting contest to determine which candidate would win a national fundraising campaign from Democracy for America.
Democracy for America is a grassroots liberal organization inspired by the presidential candidacy of Howard Dean and now run by his brother, Jim.
According to DFA’s web site, “here’s what your contributions to McNerney will mean:
$25 brings Jerry’s message to 50 voters via mail.
$50 buys 25 lawn signs for grassroots supporters.
$100 gets Jerry valuable time on a local radio station.
$250 helps Jerry compete with (incumbent Rep. Richard) Pombo (R-Tracy) on a local TV station.”
McNerney won the June primary on the strength of his grassroots campaigning but many folks remain skeptical about whether or not the technique will work in a conservative district against the seven-term incumbent Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.
As one observer astutely noted, “Let’s not forget that Howard Dean lost.”