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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Driehaus on the list - Wulsin not

The list we're talking about is the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's list of candidates who have qualified for the party's competitive "Red to Blue" program.

The what program? Basically, this designation is a way for the party to publically show which candidates they are REALLY getting behind. That means these candidates should expect to get a little extra money and attention from the DCCC, although how much "extra money" they'll get is not specified.

Still, the title gives the candidates more credibility with donors and and can help link them up with big Democratic donors looking for competitive candidates to support.

Today, the DCCC unveiled the names of 13 lucky Democrats who are now part of the Red to Blue program, including Steve Driehaus, who is challenging Rep. Steve Chabot in Ohio's 1st Congressional District.

CLICK HERE to see the full list.

Someone you won't find on it? Democrat Victoria Wulsin, who is running against Rep. Jean Schmidt in Ohio's 2nd Congressional District.

Keep in mind though that today's list represents only the second slate of Democratic congressional candidates that have qualified for the DCCC Red to Blue program. The first slate was for candidates in open seats.

Last time around - in 2006 - there were four slates of candidates inducted into the Red to Blue program. And, last time around, Wulsin was a member of the Red to Blue program - as was John Cranley, who lost his bid to unseat Chabot. Wulsin lost her 2006 race against Schmdit.

Ryan Rudominer of the DCCC says Wulsin certainly could be considered in the future for induction to the program.

According to a DCCC news release, the 13 candidates named today "earned a spot in the program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals and skillfully demonstrating to voters that they stand for change and will represent new priorities when elected to Congress."

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen had this to say about the slate:

“These candidates have come out of the gate strong and the Red to Blue Program will give them the financial and structural edge to be even more competitive in November. The candidates for change in our first round of challenger Red to Blue are strong examples of Democrats who represent a commitment to new priorities for the families in their districts.”

According to the DCCC, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $22.6 million for 56 campaigns in 2006.


at 5:59 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the D-trip has given up on Wulsin.

If Jim Parker was our candidate, he would be on the list...

at 6:38 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cranley was our last, best hope to unseat Chabot. Driehaus is a sad little back-bencher who can't hold a candle to the top-tier talent the party has thrown at Chabot. Even Greg Harris was a vastly superior candidate to Steve Driehaus. I'm calling it now, 57-43 for Chabot in November.

at 6:55 PM, March 12, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

Soros money has failed before in the 1st dist....no reason to expect a change.

at 7:06 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The DCCC knows if "Virus Vic" couldn't in 2006 there is no way she can win in 2008. They are not going to waste their money on a loser.

at 7:15 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Democrats realize they have the best democrat tax and spend politician already in office, Jean Schmidt!

at 7:36 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the @!$@#$^%&^*%^!@#%#@% is Wulsin not on this list?

After her perfomance the last time you would think that she would be at the top of her game.

When this is all over in November, if she doesn't win, are the Hamilton County Dems going to blindly support the types of candidates who can't win?

I hope she wins, but if she doesn't... The second district has been Democratic less than 10 out of the last 150 years.

This DOES NOT help Southern Ohio!

at 8:17 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to start the Wacky Wulsin political deathwatch...NOW.

Congresswoman Jean Schmidt will crush Wacky Wulsin by 15+ points. Maybe more.

at 9:26 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wulsin tried to get everyone to believe that she was conservative during the 2006 race. Now everyone knows that she is a flaming liberal. The DCCC knows that will not play well in the conservative 2nd district. The DCCC is not as wacky as Wulsin, they are not going to waste their money.

at 10:22 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think Driehaus can defeat Chabot.
Steve has deep seated ties to the West Side. He's a good family man that exemplifies West Side values.

at 10:28 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody seen Caddyshack? Tell me that picture of Steve Driehaus doesn't look like that lovable, golfball stealing gopher. Seriously. Hopefully, he knows that going "door-to-door" doesn't mean burrowing yard to yard this fall or there are going to be some messed up lawns on the westside.

at 10:29 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no doubt Wulsin will be on this list in the future. She nearly won last time and Schmidt is a walking embarrassment who the majority of the district would like to see go.

at 10:32 PM, March 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better Dead Than Red.....

at 2:28 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 7:29 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous west side liberal values said...

Driehaus has earned his spot on this list. In the Statehouse he's compiled a very liberal voting record and has frequently marched in gay rights parades. His support for gay marriage is huge to us. We need more Ted Kennedy-style liberals like Driehaus.

at 7:39 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Driehaus is a great candidate and will take back the seat. His leadership in the state house has been beyond commendable. He is a fiscal conservative who will work hard for the working people of Greater Cincinnati.

As for Wulsin, she still might be on the Red to Blue list, as this is an early slate.

at 10:02 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't need any stinkin liberals nor gay rights advocates. Your post just gave Mr. Chabot more votes.
You and 7:29 need to get your act together. A screaming liberal is not a fiscal conservative. More votes for Mr. Chabot.

at 10:04 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've lived on the West Side my entire life and have not heard of this Driehaus fellow-where'd he come from?

at 10:05 AM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:39 poster- what is "beyond commendable"? What does that even mean? And, if I'm reading your post correctly, Driehaus will be working exclusively for "the working people of Greater Cincinnati." The fact that he may not care about single moms and children outside the Greater Cincinnati area concerns me. And not caring about students without a job or retired seniors greatly troubles me as well. How about the unemployed? Will he be working against them? And if so, how hard?

at 3:07 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just shows that Steve Black was right -- Wulsin can't beat Schmidt. Now even her own party has admitted it.

at 3:39 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If gay marraige is on ANYBODY's top 5 priorities for our country list then heaven help us. Aren't there more important things happeing to our country then this, no matter how you feel about it?

at 5:46 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Wulsin's BFF and fundraiser Howie Klein, may not have helped her relationship with DCCC after his recent Firedoglake article, Blue America Welcomes Back Last Night’s Big Victor In Ohio, Our Old Friend Dr. Vic Wulsin By: Howie Klein Wednesday March 5, 2008 12:00 pm which includes:

Last night Vic overcame a tough situation. I have never seen a filthier campaign run in a Democratic primary as the one Stephen Black threw up against Vic. That might be because Stephen Black isn't a Democrat at all, but a lifelong Republican. His campaign was run by Rahm Emanuel lapdog John Lapp, who was Emanuel's DCCC Executive Director in 2005-06.

Look for Howie Klein's upcoming book, "How to Lose Friends and Mess Up Your Candidate's Realtionships."

at 11:36 AM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Driehaus isn't even qualified to be dog catcher! He touts his experience as a "pro-life Democrat", whatever that is, but will have one of the most liberal voting records in Congress. He will rely on his few years in the Statehouse where he didn't really do much. Some please tell him we're not going to vote for him because he's a nice guy.

at 3:12 PM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks goodness - finally a pro-life Democrat. My hope is that the campaign focuses on issues and not the drivel and name calling on this blog.

at 12:34 AM, March 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

drip...drip...driphaus has no chance against Congressman Steve Chabot. Dream on, libs.

at 3:10 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...



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