I've met Stuart Rothenberg. He seems like a very nice man. However, like my opponent Robin Hayes, I think that maybe Mr. Rothenberg has been in Washington too long to understand that a people powered campaign isn't an urban legend.
Thus in response to Rothenberg's latest column, For House Races now, It's All A Question of Money, I say he doesn't get it. At all.
Kissell’s fundraising this time has been stunningly inadequate. He may still win, but not because of anything he has done in fundraising.
I make no apologies. I have more than 15,000 donors. I'm not a lawyer and I wasn't born rich. I worked in a textile mill for 27 years and now teach school in one of the poorest Districts in the nation. I humbly thank each and every $5 donation I get from a laid off mill worker, struggling Wal-Mart employee or friend on the Internet because I know how hard it is to fill that tank, look for work and raise a family.
In 2006, when I came within 330 votes of upsetting one of the richest men in Congress (with less than $100 in the coffers), I did so with more than a little help from my friends. Our campaign won the DCCC's 2006 Democratic Day of Action with close to a thousand volunteers knocking on doors and making phone calls.
Not one of them gave me a $2,000 check. They gave me something much more precious - their labor.
This Saturday, July 26, is the next Democratic Day of Action. I need each of you to help me prove Stuart Rothenberg wrong. Call 877-428-4048 or email email@example.com to sign up for as little as 5 phone calls this Saturday to win North Carolina's 8th District.
How often do you get a chance to spend 5 minutes to raise $100,000 for a candidate and prove a Washington Insider wrong?