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Monday, November 26, 2007

New York Times just doesn’t get it

There is a piece in the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/26/us/politics/26recruit.html?_r=2&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin)
that the GOP is recruiting only “rich guys” to run because they are short on funds and these “richies” can spend their own money and not GOP funds. In a day and age when Senate and House races cost millions upon millions of dollars to run it is not only the GOP that is recruiting successful people to run for office but both Political parties (and 3rd parties as well) are recruiting these types of candidates. Both major parties recruit people of influence, success and of an accomplished nature; naturally money usually accompanies success in life so these people seem to have money to spend on a campaign. Also, in a day when raising money is a tricky business between getting the funds needed to compete in a political race and not giving the appearance of influence by special interest, sometimes the best bet is someone that can use their own money on their campaign and give the appearance of “putting their money where their mouth is” so to speak. Although, I think this is anything but a Republican issue (don’t see many poor Dems running for President for example) we as a Party need to be careful that we don’t fall into the track as being labeled the “rich party” over and over; and that we show that our conservative values are what make us the better party not how many dollars we have in out pocket.

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