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Is Andal falling short on fundraising?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 at 1:33 pm in 2008 November election, congressional district 11.

A story today in Politco.com quotes an unnamed GOP political expert with ties to California who suggests that Dean Andal, the Republican from Stockton challenging incumbent Democrat Jerry McNerney, isn’t raising enough local cash to win in November.

How much cash is enough?

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  • Hilltopper

    Andal has pointed out that he has more money than McNerney had as of 6/30/06. Big differences though. First, McNerney had raise more but had exhausted it in a tough primary. Second, McNerney had a ton of volunteers. Third and the big one, 2006 was a democratic wave year and McNerney rode the wave. Andal is fighting the current this year. Finally, the DCCC jumped in to help McNerney in 2006. Andal will not be so fortunate as the RNCC is very short of money and on defense everywhere, so it will be spending to help its incumbents.

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  • http://www.jerrymcnerney.org/ Danville-4-McNerney

    I wonder if the local (and Beltway) GOP Powers That Be are now regretting not running Guy Houston . . . that would’ve avoided that supervisor fight AND put a much stronger candidate (on paper, at least) up against McNerney. I always have been a McNerney supporter, and always will be, but let’s compare Andal and Houston:

    > Houston was elected to the State Assembly three times by healthy margins in an assembly district covering the lion’s share of Contra Costa and Alameda counties that fall in the 11th Congressional District whereas few, if any, voters in the 11th Congressional District have EVER voted for Andal (how many voters remember his service in the assembly more than a decade ago?);

    > Andal’s never been a good fundraiser whereas Houston has all those shady business dealings with his father to line his pockets and campaign coffers;

    and, lastly,

    > Houston proved himself to be an attack dog during his race against Mary Piepho, and, even if Houston lost to McNerney this year (as I’m quite certain he would have), Houston might have made the race close enough to soften McNerney up for 2010, when the terrain might be less favorable to Democrats historically after two years of a Democrat in the White House.

    BOTTOM LINE: Thanks for running Andal, GOP! McNerney will win this thing in a walk.

  • http://www.jerrymcnerney.org/ Danville-4-McNerney

    I wonder if the local (and Beltway) GOP Powers That Be are now regretting not running Guy Houston . . . that would’ve avoided that supervisor fight AND put a much stronger candidate (on paper, at least) up against McNerney. I always have been a McNerney supporter, and always will be, but let’s compare Andal and Houston:

    > Houston was elected to the State Assembly three times by healthy margins in an assembly district covering the lion’s share of Contra Costa and Alameda counties that fall in the 11th Congressional District whereas few, if any, voters in the 11th Congressional District have EVER voted for Andal (how many voters remember his service in the assembly more than a decade ago?);

    > Andal’s never been a good fundraiser whereas Houston has all those shady business dealings with his father to line his pockets and campaign coffers;

    and, lastly,

    > Houston proved himself to be an attack dog during his race against Mary Piepho, and, even if Houston lost to McNerney this year (as I’m quite certain he would have), Houston might have made the race close enough to soften McNerney up for 2010, when the terrain might be less favorable to Democrats historically after two years of a Democrat in the White House.

    BOTTOM LINE: Thanks for running Andal, GOP! McNerney will win this thing in a walk.

  • Danvilledan

    Will Alex Spanos let this happen. Andal is His boy. He kept Houston out of the race.

  • Danvilledan

    Will Alex Spanos let this happen. Andal is His boy. He kept Houston out of the race.

  • New World GOP

    I agree Guy Houston should have run for this seat.
    He is the best leader in the Tri Valley. If the Republicans in DC did not want him and instead wanted Andal then I believe that would have been a signal to run. After all the RCCC is the most stupid organization in the western world.

    All the mindless republicans drinking the the Bill Baker Koolade and believing Andal has a chance are out of their minds. The public is going to take out all of its anger for the War, gas prices, jobs, the economy and every other ill plagueing the nation. In other words Dean Andal will be road kill.

  • New World GOP

    I agree Guy Houston should have run for this seat.
    He is the best leader in the Tri Valley. If the Republicans in DC did not want him and instead wanted Andal then I believe that would have been a signal to run. After all the RCCC is the most stupid organization in the western world.

    All the mindless republicans drinking the the Bill Baker Koolade and believing Andal has a chance are out of their minds. The public is going to take out all of its anger for the War, gas prices, jobs, the economy and every other ill plagueing the nation. In other words Dean Andal will be road kill.

  • Troublemaker

    Sorry folks but there is no comparison between Houston and Andal. Andal has a much better shot. Houston did not have much of a choice in the matter. The GOP made that clear.

    There is a very good reason the GOP dropped their support of Houston. Lack of ethics and abilities for starters. He has been able to hide his lack of skills very well over the last 6 years. I’ll give him that. Unfortunately for him (fortunately for the voters) he had to come out and debate in this last race and he showed his complete lack of abilities. It also showed everyone the true Guy Houston; it wasn’t pretty. In fact most times it was embarrassing.

    Trust? With his record I would not trust him to watch my dog.

    Speaking of dogs where did you come up with “attack dog”? His campaign looked as if it was fostered by a 6 year old. Attack dog…yeah right. That is pretty funny!

    Houston is a political lightweight that was exposed loud and clear. Even his fundraising fell flat.

    Spin it all you want but even his former supporters are on to him. He is done.

  • Troublemaker

    Sorry folks but there is no comparison between Houston and Andal. Andal has a much better shot. Houston did not have much of a choice in the matter. The GOP made that clear.

    There is a very good reason the GOP dropped their support of Houston. Lack of ethics and abilities for starters. He has been able to hide his lack of skills very well over the last 6 years. I’ll give him that. Unfortunately for him (fortunately for the voters) he had to come out and debate in this last race and he showed his complete lack of abilities. It also showed everyone the true Guy Houston; it wasn’t pretty. In fact most times it was embarrassing.

    Trust? With his record I would not trust him to watch my dog.

    Speaking of dogs where did you come up with “attack dog”? His campaign looked as if it was fostered by a 6 year old. Attack dog…yeah right. That is pretty funny!

    Houston is a political lightweight that was exposed loud and clear. Even his fundraising fell flat.

    Spin it all you want but even his former supporters are on to him. He is done.

  • RR

    Don’t fool yourselves, Dean clearly has the governorship in mind! This race is just a warm-up.

  • RR

    Don’t fool yourselves, Dean clearly has the governorship in mind! This race is just a warm-up.

  • RR

    Hey, it’s only Summer, but given current voter sentiment, you can stick a fork into Dean.

  • RR

    Hey, it’s only Summer, but given current voter sentiment, you can stick a fork into Dean.