In every well-run election campaign, you can count on a candidate trying to raise money by invoking breaking “bad” news involving an opponent.
This week, to no one’s surprise, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted his support for Republican Jim Bognet in his 8th Congressional District contest against U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, the fourth-term Moosic Democrat.
I blogged about that a couple of days ago.
Colleen Gerrity, Cartwright’s campaign manager, also the communications director for his congressional office, responded with an email appeal for campaign money.
“Team — did you see this tweet from Donald Trump Jr. supporting Matt’s Republican opponent?,” referring to Trump Jr.’s tweet naming Bognet as his candidate of the week and calling Cartwright “a far left Pelosi pawn.”
“I’m not going to lie, folks — as Matt’s campaign manager this tweet has alarm bells going off in my head. Our Republican opponent Jim Bognet is surely raking in TONS of money from Donald Trump Jr’s tweet — and that means he’ll have a larger staff, more misleading attack ads on the air, and might even begin pulling away from us in this race,” Gerrity wrote. “We can’t fall behind so soon in the general election. But we don’t have anywhere to turn except our grassroots supporters. Will you chip in a $9 contribution to help us keep up on fundraising?”
The appeal also has buttons to push for larger amounts.
These fundraising appeals always feature wildly overblown claims. Maybe I’ll get to more of them as time goes on.
As for Cartwright’s cash disadvantage, well, he had more than $1.93 million left as of May 13, more than 10 times as much as Bognet.