Guess it took this picture for the big boys to notice the CD28 primary, but Kos (here, here, and here) and Atrios (here, here, here, and here) have really been pounding on Rep. Henry Cuellar lately. They're also touting his primary opponent, former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, who gets into the act himself with this Kos diary. They're also asking for donations to Rodriguez, who as you can see needs the help.
Cuellar raised $167,900 from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 and posted year-end cash on hand totaling $293,833, according to his latest campaign finance report heading into the March 7 Democratic primary.
"It'll give us every advantage," Cuellar's campaign manager, Colin Strother, said of the fundraising effort. "It will allow us to execute a comprehensive campaign strategy."
In the meantime, Rodriguez raised $84,631 and ended the year with $43,000 on hand.
In a written statement, Rodriguez acknowledged the amount raised was "token" but said that since Jan. 1 his campaign has raised more than it did in the final quarter of 2005.
Campaign manager Oscar Sanchez said the former congressman's camp now has more than $100,000 at its disposal.
"The pace is picking up quite a bit, especially after that picture last night," Sanchez quipped.
He was referring to a Washington Post photograph taken Tuesday night at President Bush's State of the Union address. It showed Bush holding a smiling Cuellar's head between his hands during a stop on his way to the dais.
UPDATE: Jane Hamsher joins in, with her own ActBlue page as well. Counting that, plus Atrios' page and this page, I count about $15K raised for Rodriguez. Can't say how much came from the last couple of days, but that's not too shabby.
UPDATE: Kos again. He reports $11K in four hours from the two non-Hamsher ActBlue pages. Like I said, not too shabby.Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 02, 2006 to Election 2006 | TrackBack