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Posted on 10/10/2007 12:14:01 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Lobbyist and former congressional staffer Jim Ogsbury (R) announced that he raised $100,000 and loaned his campaign $250,000 in the third quarter for his race for freshman Rep. Harry Mitchells (D) 5th district seat.
Ogsbury is part of a very crowded primary field and sought to set himself apart with the substantial sum.
My message of true conservative experience cutting wasteful government spending, eliminating outdated programs and slashing bureaucratic red tape is resonating with grassroots Republicans, he said.
Other GOPers in the race or considering a run are state Rep. Mark Anderson, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, state Corporation Commissioner Jeff Hatch-Miller, former state legislator Laura Knaperek, Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) Chief of Staff Sean Noble and Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert.
State Sen. Chris Lauzen (R) made an unexpected $325,000 loan to his campaign in the third quarter, more than doubling the $210,000 he raised for his bid to replace retiring Rep. Dennis Hastert (R) in the 14th district, according to a campaign source.
In the primary, Lauzen is facing a wealthy self-funder in former Senate and gubernatorial candidate Jim Oberweis, who has contributed millions to each of three failed statewide bids in the last five years. Lauzen contributed $150,000 to his primary bid against another self-funder in the 1998 state comptrollers race.
The GOPers arent the only self-funders in the race. Democrat Bill Foster has said he raised more than $400,000 in the third quarter about half of which came from a personal loan.
Former Rep. Mike Sodrel (R) announced his candidacy in the 9th district race on Tuesday, setting the stage for a fourth straight showdown with Rep. Baron Hill (D).
Hill won the match-up in 2002 and 2006, while Sodrel won in 2004.
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Do keep me updated on all this stuff! :-)
My first choice is Lauzen. But I can settle for Oberweis.
Oberweis is claiming that the IL-14 is “God’s Country and Pelosi’s San Francisco Values have no place here.”
Meanwhile,the Dems are relying on Bill Foster to “buy” the seat.
Jim Oberweis strikes me as an opportunist. Do you remember when he ran for the Senate in 2002 and seemed to compare the pro-life movement to the Nazis?
Obie said that some pro-life leaders act like the Taliban. He claims the liberal media misquoted him. Now he claims to be the defender of traditional family values.
Also, Obie brings up the fact that he made illegal immigration an issue in 2004. 2 years before conservatives raised a ruckus over Bush’s Guest Worker Plan. Oberweis is trying to portray himself as a movement conservative. He is adopting these stands because the IL RINO didn’t support him in 2002. As a result, he reinvented himself to appeal to conservatives frustrated with corruption in the IL GOP.
Oberweis is already running ads on Fox News and Discovery. They are introductory ads featuring him as a lovable Grandfather with Midwestern Values - Faith, Family, and Freedom. He repeatedly touts his Midwestern Values and blasts Congress for ignoring Midwestern Values. I’ll say this. Oberweis hired a much better political consultant.
In the race for the IL-14. Lauzen got the endorsements of Steve Rauschenberger and Peter Fitzgerald. Lauzen is conducting a listening tour promoting Faith, Family, and the Fruits of Freedom.
In Alaska, both Congress seats in next election are about to be lost to Democrats.
That’s good. I just don’t want to see Oberweis in that seat. I detest opportunists that will say anything to get elected.
Don’t panic, yet. AK doesn’t like to vote for Federal Democrats. They haven’t since 1972 and 1974.
Democrat or Republican or Green or AIP or Irish Free State doesn’t matter so much now as unindicted.
I’m just hoping we get who we need to replace them with. Loren Leman in place of Stevens, John Binkley in place of Young.
I hope Binkley is still interested enough in politics to take a try at it.
Unless he soured on it in the last year, I doubt it. Beating the sitting incumbent Governor for total votes in a primary is nothing to sneeze at.
Any non-rino could have beaten Murkowski.
Well, they still have to be a substantial candidate. The big problem was that the Dems had a substantial candidate with Tony Knowles. If Murkowski had been renominated, Knowles would be back as Governor today. That was a very real fear. Fortunately the worry that Binkley would end up handing Frank renomination never came to pass, as Frank got only 18% of the vote (!). Palin got over 50% and Binkley just under 30%.
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