Himes Running (and raising $$) for 2010 Already

Got an email today from Jim Himes. It had a couple of pictures of Himes on the campaign trail last year, a few words about how great it was that he’d won and all… and then this:

I know you have invested a tremendous amount in my husband and the future of this country. But right now, your continued participation in the political process is more important than ever

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for us to make sure Jim’s campaign for reelection comes out of the box looking strong.

A contribution of $1000, $500, $250, or even $50 today will go a long way to ensuring we reach the end of the path this historic election has set us out upon.

Please help Jim come out of the box looking strong by contributing today.

$1000? Wow. I must be rich! That’s actually pretty comforting in these times.

I guess they could use the money, as the email had at least one punctuation error (see if you can spot it in the quote above) and some sloppy HTML work.

This was sent out not just to supporters, by the way, but to the press list. Oops. However, the story on On Background does say that the NRCC is already targeting Himes. No surprise there.

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10 responses to “Himes Running (and raising $$) for 2010 Already

  1. Sure: A missing period, second sentence.

    But many an editor will tell you re-election should be hyphenated, to0. And no comma is needed after “$250.”

  2. A contribution of $1000, $500, $250, or even $50 today will go a long way to ensuring we reach the end of the path this historic election has set us out upon.

    Coyote-ugly sentence structure, too.

  3. Coyote-ugly sentence structure, too.

    Can’t disagree on either count.

  4. And no comma is needed after “$250.”

    Using or omitting the serial comma is acceptable. It varies based on style, but either is generally okay. I think including the last comma is preferable, though, because it avoids confusion.

    One thing we can all agree on: Jim Himes really wants to come out of the box looking strong.

  5. Holy Crap! The grammar nazis are out in full force today!

    Himes having to raise money now is a perfect reason why we need public campaign financing immediately. All of our elected representatives are wasting enormous amounts of time with fund raising (is that two words, or should it be hyphenated? LOL) These guys are elected to two year terms, meaning they’re ALWAYS campaigning. Can we maybe ease the burden and level the playing field a bit?

    The cost of such a program would be returned tenfold by having more productive, less special interest influenced legislators. Everyone wins (except the special interests).

  6. The cost of such a program would be returned tenfold by having more productive, less special interest influenced legislators. Everyone wins (except the special interests).

    No one ever said that a Congressman has to spend time raising money.

  7. “No one ever said that a Congressman has to spend time raising money. “

    While that may be true, it would also guarantee a loss in the next election. The fact is, congressmen are like sharks; if they don’t keep swimming, they die.

  8. Himes recently held a “Debt Retirement” fundraiser on January 14th at the Top Of The Hill bar on Capitol Hill.

    Himes campaign was $375,000 in debt as of the end of 2008.

  9. AndersonScooper

    If you want ugly it’s Chris Shays’ current situation.

    I wish I could give you the link to jis latest FEC report, but it shows Shays’ with over $200K in unpaid campaign expenses. (Himes debt consisted of a loan to himself, not umpaid bills.)

    How will Shays settle his debts? I doubt he will. Luckily some of the debts are to his buddies, like the Norwalk Hour which is owed $12,000, or the Norwalk Inn and Conference Center.

    But some of the debt is owed to former employees. And Shays also has “excess contributions” which have yet to be refunded, which has got to be a FEC violation were anyone to complain.

    However the painful part for Mr. Shays is that this situation isn’t of his making. He didn’t over-spend, and in fact his books show over $300,000 cash on hand, more than enough to cover what he owes, except…

    The cash on hand isn’t on hand, because someone embezzled it! (With campaign manager Michael Sohn the prime suspect, having been fingered by Shays himself.)

    What does this debt mean going forward? Is Shays personally responsible for it? Will the CT GOP help out in the pinch? Is it reason for Shays to forego retirement, and run again? Can money raised this cycle be used to close the books on the last?

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