38 days and voters are counting when they will be free from another political campaign…all the while candidates for Governor are counting the money…financial reports were to be filed Friday…not yet posted on SOS website…appears Tomblin’s funds have come from supporters [$1.25 million] and Maloney raised nearly $400,000 and loaned his campaign another $750,000…it costs money to run for political office.
President Obama got a letter from Speaker Boehner…as he packed to leave Martha [Vineyard] for Irene…Boehner is asking Obama administration for an answer to a request of AUGUST 16, 2010…the letter is here or checkout the Speaker’s blog.
West Virginia’s NUMBER ONE citizen & football fan BUCK HARLESS…was honored Friday night when the stadium named for him…was dedicated at the new Mingo Central High School dedicated…topping off the ceremony the “Pride of West Virginia” performed for Harless and Southern WV football fans.
State GOP leaders are instituting a new tradition…an Lincoln-Reagan Gala…headlining the 2011 annual fund raiser…Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour…this affair should give a boost to Bill Maloney’s campaign for Governor. ..Barbour previously headed the National Governor’s [Republican] Association…good idea Chairman Stuart.
MAYBE BARBOUR will bring the magic formula to raise funds for WV Republicans to contest & control…the LEGISLATURE…Mississippi REPUBLICANS plan to spend $1 million supporting its legislative candidates…after the redistricting mess this should be a priority WV REPUBLICANS…tell them how HALEY.
Americans are taking another look at the leadership skills of President Obama…a new Pew Research Center survey has uncovered…a record high number of people say that Obama is not a strong leader [47%], can’t get things done [50%], isn’t well-informed [33%], not a good communicator [22%] and doesn’t stand up for what he believes in [22%].
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele staffer…Allison Meyers…who directed a “Young Eagles” program…is soliciting funds for Maloney campaign…a fund raiser with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels…during State Chamber Business Summit…BTW the Chamber has still not endorsed a candidate for Governor.
Sunday’s Dana Milbank Post column about AFL-CIO president’s view of President Obama is interesting.
What a difference a year [almost] makes…the special election to replace Sen. Byrd…generated enthusiasm and a real battle between Manchin & Raese…current special election for Governor…is hardly off the ground…a poll likely paid for by the Democratic Governors Association…shows Tomblin with a 14-point lead…ask Betty Ireland who ran against Maloney in the May primary…what happens when he writes another check…Maloney closed a 30 point deficit.
Signs are…both gubernatorial efforts are going after members of the opposite parties…early August Maloney launched website where Democrats could sign up for a grassroots campaign…no sign of a Tomblin effort aimed at Republicans…but respected businessman Dan Moore…who in 2004 sought the GOP nomination for governor…quoted in Charleston DM analysis praising Tomblin.
Activist Taylor County Republican Chairman…Rev. Sherman Davidson…is organizing a “Get Out the Vote” dinner for GOP candidate Bill Maloney…September 10th…as always GOTV efforts is how you win an election.
Flavor of the week…Mike Stuart again talking with friends…about a run for Attorney General.