Reid says Democrats should re­tain con­trol

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid says he feels con­fi­dent Democrats will re­tain con­trol of the Se­nate this fall, par­tic­u­larly af­ter the re­cent an­nounce­ments that Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, Maine Re­pub­li­can, would not seek re-elec­tion and that Demo­crat Bob Ker­rey would run in Ne­braska.

Mr. Reid told CNN’S “State of the Union” that his con­ver­sa­tions with Mr. Ker­rey con­cern­ing a pos­si­ble run ex­tended over sev­eral months. Mr. Reid said he didn’t make any prom­ises to get Mr. Ker­rey to run, in­clud­ing com­mit­tee as­sign­ments.

Mr. Reid also said he was OK with the decision by Pres­i­dent Obama’s cam­paign team not to help fi­nance Demo­cratic con­gres­sional cam­paigns.

The enor­mous spend­ing dif­fer­en­tial helps ex­plain why Colorado Democrats re­tained the state Se­nate and the gov­er­nor­ship, and lost the state House by only one seat, in an elec­tion year that was over­whelm­ingly fa­vor­able to the Repub­li­cans and in a state with 37 per­cent Repub­li­cans and 32 per­cent Democrats.

Repub­li­cans did cap­ture the other con­sti­tu­tional of­fices of at­tor­ney gen­eral, state trea­surer and sec­re­tary of state.

Democrats are still ben­e­fit­ing from the so-called Colorado Model, the 2004 strat­egy of co­or­di­nat­ing in­de­pen­dent po­lit­i­cal fundrais­ing, ad­vo­cacy groups and me­dia, aided by the deep pock­ets of rich lib­eral ac­tivists. Colorado mul­ti­mil­lion­aires Tim Gill and Pat Stryker, part of the orig­i­nal Gang of Four that helped de­velop the Colorado Model, con­tin­ued to fund state races in 2010.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was made pos­si­ble by a 2010 Colorado law that re­quires all in­de­pen­dent ex­pen­di­ture com­mit­tees to dis­close their donors and dis­burse­ments.


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