The DCCC's separate political wings are engaged in their first argument over one of their vulnerable candidates as the independent expenditure division begins pulling back funding while the coordinated division is pouring more money into the race.This is a sure sign of just how bad things look for Democratic congressional incumbents this year. It's clear supporting Hill is not part of the party's firewall to maintain a small but controlling majority in the House of Representatives. According to Hotline, a Columbus, Ohio race where Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy is in a tough re-election match-up is the beneficiary of the decision to pull independent expenditure support for Hill. First-time candidate Todd Young is Hill's Republican opponent. Hill had earlier been favored to win re-election after Young upset former U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel in the Republican primary.
Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) is the source of the dispute. The committee's independent expenditure wing has cancelled their advertising buys in the state's 9th District for 2 weeks in mid-October. But the coordinated side, which is not allowed to discuss strategy with their independent expenditure counterpart, believes Hill is still deserving of spending.
The IE's decision is a significant blow to Hill's chances. While the independent expenditure side can spend unlimited amounts, the coordinated side of the DCCC can spend about $87K, according to FEC rules.
The DCCC is making other alterations in key districts, in some cases acknowledging an incumbent's weakness, and therefore saving money, while in other cases operating from a position of strength.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
DCCC Pulling Support For Baron Hill
Things aren't looking good for U.S. Rep. Baron Hill in Indiana's 9th District. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has pulled a planned independent expenditure ad buy for Hill during the month of October in the weeks leading to the November election. A Hotline report from Reid Wilson on the DCCC's shift in funding of vulnerable incumbent members gives the run down on this development: