Skip to comments.John Fund: Incumbency Shakers (The Campaign for Primary Accountability, CFPA)
Posted on 05/08/2012 10:38:28 PM PDT by neverdem
Incumbents are more entrenched than ever.
More Americans approve of polygamy than of Congress. A February CBS News/New York Times poll found just 10 percent of respondents approved of Congresss job performance. A recent poll from the same source found 11 percent of respondents thought polygamy morally acceptable. Other polls have found that the U.S. going communist has 11 percent supportmeaning that concept has more fans than Congress has...
A week after its Ohio victory, CFPA fell short in its efforts to knock off House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus, the subject of a federal probe into alleged insider trading, and House Ethics Committee Chairman Jo Bonner. But both men won only 57 percent of the vote, and were forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to overwhelm their Tea Party challengers. In the Illinois primary a week later, the group failed to derail Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. from winning his Democratic primary, but played a role in the defeat of 20-year-incumbent Republican Don Manzullo.
Incumbents who have been resting on their laurels have a lot to worry about, says the National Journal. In 2010, an eye-popping 20 members finished with a very weak 60 percent or less in their primaries. Even though 16 prevailed, many could have lost their seats if an outside group had funded their opposition.
CFPA plans to be that outside force. In deciding what districts to play in, it looks at four factors:
The district must be solidly Democratic or Republican (Were not looking to swing power from one party to the other, Linbeck says).
The challenger must be credible and capable of standing on his or her own.
The current incumbent must be a long-time office-holder.
CFPAs own private polling has to show theres actually a chance its candidate could win...
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Have you seen any threads here on FR with a state by state analysis by senate and house races identifying who the tea party candidates are?
I just can’t believe we aren’t looking at this state by state seat by seat. Maybe it is on the state Freeper threads.
The Virginia state page (message board) occasionally has election information but the board is not used much.
A FReeper posted "election central" threads for all 50 states in January 2010 hoping to get election information posted there, but there was minimal response on the Virginia thread (perhaps because threads scroll off of the page and may be seen only for a short time?)...
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