Sunday, February 3, 2008

Feeney Loses Fundraising War - and maybe more.

I recently wrote that Suzanne Kosmas apparently outraised Tom Feeney in Congressional District FL-24. That might have been the understatement of the year.

Feeney raised $329,631 in the third quarter and declared it a record - the highest quarter he has ever had. Maybe the Abramoff scandal is catching up, maybe Republican are just "so last year." I don't know.

What I do know is that Kosmas raised more than DOUBLE the amount Feeney did in the last quarter: $359,790 to Feeney's $153,499. More importantly, of the $770,000 or so that Feeney has raised thus far, he only has $454,625 on hand. Kosmas had $336,949 and she has only been in the race for THREE months!

I know some readers of this site want Clint Curtis to be the Democratic candidate. It's just not meant to be. Clint is the "uncle who saw the UFO" in Florida politics. True or not, his Feeney-vote rigging story just seems too bizarre for the mainstream and it reflects in his fundraising - $20,769 this quarter. That's not even 6% of Kosmas's fundraising power for that quarter.

In my mind, this is about electing Democrats. Like Kosmas or not, if you really want us to succeed in Washington, staying home on Election Day is not an option. We may not all like our Presidential nominee, whoever that may be, but come November, I'm voting for the one with a (D) by their name.

Think about it. The real deal in this race is Kosmas. She blew away Feeney's fundraising record and, come March, she'll overtake his cash on hand too.

Wake up, folks. FL-24 is in play and I could be in FantasyLand by the end of the year.