Politico reports GOP will abandon recruits

This isn’t good news for congressional District 11 Republican challenger Dean Andal.

A Politico.com story today quotes national GOP sources saying the party lacks the resources to fight for their prized recruits and must, instead, focus their money helping incumbents now fighting for their political lives elsewhere.

Andal is challenging freshman Democrat Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, who beat seven-term incumbent Richard Pombo in 2006.

On the other hand, it’s unclear whether or not the National Republican Congressional Campaign ever planned to dump big bucks into Andal’s campaign. Rumblings from Washington in recent weeks revealed private frustration over the Republican’s fund-raising numbers.

Tomorrow is the next deadline for campaign finance reports but it seems unlikely Andal will catch up with his opponent and the NRCC’s cash-strapped state means he will very likely be on his own.

Here are the first few paragraps of the Politico.com story:

Darren White and Erik Paulsen were prized Republican recruits, House candidates poised to be the new face of the GOP on Capitol Hill.

But as the two head into the homestretch of their campaigns, GOP operatives say they’ll probably have to win — or lose — on their own. The money national Republicans earmarked for White in New Mexico and for Paulsen in Minnesota will likely go instead to protect GOP incumbents who once looked like locks for reelection.

GOP Reps. John B. Shadegg of Arizona, Lee Terry of Nebraska, Henry Brown Jr. of South Carolina and Dan Lungren of California are all fighting for their political lives, a reversal of fortunes that has caught even the most astute campaign observers by surprise.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen