Ed FitzGerüld just cannot catch a break.
His many, many, many recent struggles not only show Ohio voters how poor a candidate he is, but national pundits also have lost confidence in Eddy Fitz’s ability to win in November 2014. It’s hard to imagine how things could get much worse for the presumptive Democrat gubernatorial nominee.
And then this happened:
The Democratic Governors Association, a Section 527 organization, reported raising $13,387,646 and spending $10,512,532 during the first six months of 2013…
The Republican Governors Association, a Section 527 organization, reported raising $23,561,517 and spending $9,668,451 during the first six months of 2013.
To put a little perspective on the situation, the RGA not only doubled up the DGA in fundraising dollars, but they also doubled the amount they collected four years ago, just before the GOP domination in 2010.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Republican Governors are receiving more financial support than Democrat Governors—it’s merely a product of their success. While the federal government is busy putting up roadblocks to job creation, Republican Governors, like John Kasich, are busy removing those barriers and making it easier for businesses to hire.
As with any financial report, the RGA vs. DGA numbers reveal a lot of great information about where things stand, particularly for 2014. Probably the most revealing is the fact that the DGA spent 78.5% of what they took in, and it’s not even an election year. That’s hardly a recipe for success.
But the DGA’s money problem has a much larger implication here in Ohio—it shows exactly what we’ve said and what respected pundits Larry Saboto and Kyle Kondik reiterated:
Kasich seems to be cruising along with decent approval ratings, and national Democrats appear to have many other, better targets for their third-party spending… Democrats also have their own incumbents to defend in places. In other words, Ohio’s gubernatorial race might be a bit down the national totem pole this cycle… [Emphasis mine]
At this rate, the DGA will be able to offer little to no support for Fitzy. He’s simply shown no reason why his campaign is worth bailing out, and the DGA is not on pace to have excess funds to throw at a longshot (at best) gubernatorial candidate with so many problems of his own. With national money on the sidelines or drying up, it’s hard to see how Fitzy’s campaign can possibly survive a gubernatorial race.
Heck, it’s hard to see how a campaign like this could win a state senate race.