Skip to comments.Endorsements Go DeLay's Way, But His Opponents Maintain The Polls Don't [Campbell 48%; DeLay 38%]
Posted on 02/26/2006 2:42:57 PM PST by SolidSupplySide
Coming around the far turn with the primary finish-line in sight, Congressional District 22 Republican challenger Tom Campbell is leaning hard on his polls, Democratic challenger Nick Lampson is flashing his wallet, and incumbent Tom DeLay is counting his endorsements.Weekend Politics
Last week Campbell sat in a mobile campaign RV across a Houston street from an event in which 10 members of the Texas Congressional Delegation endorsed DeLay.
Campbell brushed aside the endorsements and instead emphasized a poll he had conducted by something called OneNet Info, showing him with 47.7% of the votes in the Republican primary, to 38.4% by DeLay and 13.9% to other.
But the poll has a margin of error of 9% (it looks like they reached fewer than 200 Republican voters), which is pretty far out there. Thus, if 9% swung one way, DeLay could have 47.4% of the vote to 38.7% for Campbell, if you believe the numbers.
Campbell acknowledges 9% is a big margin, but insists that DeLays camp is attacking his and hes walking the neighborhoods for the first time, because his polls are showing the same thing.
Lampsons campaign chimed in on the polling, too.
Every public poll since May has shown Tom DeLay with 38% or less approval rating, Lampson campaign manager Mike Malaise maintained on Thursday.
The next day, Lampsons camp announced it has passed that of Tom DeLay in cash on hand. If DeLay can win his Partys Primary race in March, he will enter the General Election with his legal defense fund spending much more than it is bringing in, his federal political action committee deep in the red, and his campaign fund raising lagging.
DeLay, meanwhile, kept himself busy picking up endorsements from local elected officials, including the first-ever endorsement from the Fort Bend County Mayor & Council Association.
This is a key endorsement in this race and Congressman DeLay is very honored to receive this endorsement from the mayors and city officials he has worked with over the last 20 years, said DeLay press spokeswoman Shannon Flaherty.
While his opponents have hammered DeLay over the charges he faces in Travis County, and his reputed links to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, another endorser says DeLays real crime is being an outspoken advocate of conservative principles.
In other words, Tom stands accused by the Democrats of doing those things we Republicans have demanded from our elected officials over the years, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said in endorsing DeLay. In short, Tom has done what we asked him to do and now Ronnie Earle wants to punish him for that. I cannot stand by and let Earle win. I must stand with Tom in this election year. He is my candidate in March and he is my candidate for November.
Another Republican challenger for DeLays seat, Pat Baig, was in the lobby of the Rosenberg Civic Center before the mayors association candidate speeches began, working the crowd.
Im Pat Baig, Republican candidate for Congress, she told a slightly bewildered-looking fellow as she shook his hand. Can I count on your vote?
My daddy would roll over in his grave if I voted for a Republican in the primary, the guy replied. Turned out it was Don Bankston, former Fort Bend County Democratic Party chairman.
Republican Fort Bend County District Attorney challenger Larry McDougal was making an emphatic point in his speech to the mayors, that hed been known to them as a policeman before he became an attorney.
Mr. Willis remembers me coming to his house in the middle of the night in the early 80s, he said, pointing to Cecil Willis sitting at a back table in the full house, and offering no explanation about that night.
People began laughing, hard. Finally Willis held up his arms. It was the wrong house, he yelled.
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You can't make this stuff up.
The MSM used to get by with this kind of tactic on a regular basis but after you see through them once, you will always see through their motives.
"The MSM's New Clothes"
We know Barbra Streisand and Meathead Reiner are giving campaign money to Lampson, but I wonder who's giving cash to Campbell. Inquiring minds want to know...
Campbell is DeLay's strongest primary challenger EVER!
Republicans are ready for change, and the results of the primary will be evidence of that. Campbell will outperform all previous challengers. I don't think there's any doubt to that.
Campbell has the backing of an RNC committeman. He has had a fundraiser with Gov. Huntsman (R) of Utah. Sen. Orrin Hatch's law firm has provided funding and well as Pete Dominici, Jr., son of Sen Dominici (R) of New Mexico.
Bravo Sierra! RINOs, Cowards and Traitors are!
Time for Tom to go. I don't know anything about Campbell but when I look at the results of tha last 5 years DeLay has participated in the largest expansion of government in modern day American history and for that and that alone, he should lose his job.
Look at what DeLay has given us in the past several years and tell me how well he has represented conservatives. Spending us into further debt for more social programs is nothing but liberalism. Yeah, he might thump on Sunday mornings but for some of us there's more than just that.
I would imagine the Dems want DeLay to win the GOP Primary,
Insulting GOP primary voters is not a wise strategy to encourage them to come home in the general election. Unfortunately, I sense this is the attitude of the DeLay campaign, too.
Even if DeLay wins the primary (which is still likely), he has a lot of fence mending to do. DeLay should be positive now and reap the rewards in November. He isn't. I think that is a consequence of the strong challenge by Campbell.
And you are encouraging such behavior against our side in the future.
This reminds me of the MSM assaults on Newt and Jesse Helms every election cycle.
You are mistaking something that is coincidental as being causal. I've got to believe that most GOP primary voters know that Earle's campaign is politically motivated. It appears that you think that I believe Earle's accusations and that other Campbell supports believe them, too. I find that insulting. The Campbell campaign has never alleged that the Earle indictments (TRMPAC) are legitimate.
Your insistence that Campbell supporters believe this is insulting.
Good. I've insulted them in other ways above.
Again, your insistence that Campbell supporters are "encouraging" Earle is baseless and insulting.
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