The race for the 7th District Congressional seat held by Julia Carson has gotten much closer. The 24-Hour News 8 Indiana Poll shows Republican challenger Eric Dickerson has closed the gap from 20 points to five.Carson is also getting last-minute help from some of her congressional colleages. Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) kicked in $2,000 each this past week, and Rep. Ed Pastor (D-AZ) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) kicked in another $1,000 a piece. She picked up another $1,000 from a banker's PAC. One has to wonder why her colleagues are bothering to give her any money. She already had $324,000 sitting in the bank waiting to be spent at the beginning of the month. By all indications, she is spending very lightly in the closing days of the campaign. Is she holding back the money to give to her grandson, Andre Carson, who RiShawn Biddle speculates she might annoint as her successor?
Thursday, former Congressman Andy Jacobs, Jr. endorsed Carson. But he says the slip in the polls has nothing to do with his endorsement.
"I think that if I were going to take Julia Carson out of Congress, I would not pick this district, I would not pick this year, come to think of it I wouldn't pick Julia Carson. So I'm quite optimistic. I know I see polls, but you also know the history of polls in the case of Julia," Jacobs said.
In past elections, polls have shown Congresswoman Carson not doing well, but on Election Day she has won with comfortable margins.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Carson Calls On Jacobs And Others For Help
Former Rep. Andy Jacobs (D), who has endorsed Rep. Julia Carson in every single race, including this year's race, made another appearance today to endorse her again. Jacobs assures WISH-TV his re-endorsement has nothing to do with her sagging poll numbers. WISH-TV reports: