House GOP Bullish for 2014 Despite Democrats’ Fundraising Edge

'We will pick up seats,' campaign chief says

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The head of the House Republicans’ campaign arm boasted Thursday that the GOP will strengthen Speaker John Boehner’s grip on the gavel in the coming midterm elections.

“We will pick up seats,” Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee, said at the House GOP’s retreat in Cambridge, Md. “I can tell you the NRCC will report numbers that show we are in the best cash position at the end of an off year in the history of the NRCC.”

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRCC’s counterpart, announced a record-breaking off-year fundraising haul Thursday, bringing in over $75 million in 2013, $18 million more than at this point than in 2011. As of November, the DCCC had a $8-million advantage over the NRCC in cash on hand. The NRCC is expected to announce its latest fundraising figures Friday.

Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats to recapture the House majority.

Walden said that despite the Democrats’ cash advantage, he would “much rather be us than them,” given the troubled rollout of the new health care reform law and President Barack Obama’s middling approval ratings. Walden left open the question of what his party will do on the issue of immigration reform, something Republicans are expected to address later in the retreat, nor did he tip leadership’s hand on issues like the debt ceiling, energy and trade.

“If we’re just seen as the opposition party… we miss a great opportunity to woo voters to actually woo voters over to our side, because frankly we have really good alternatives,” Walden said. “We’re developing and fleshing those out here.”

11 comments
La_Randy
La_Randy

 “If we’re just seen as the opposition party… we miss a great opportunity to woo voters to actually woo voters over to our side, because frankly we have really good alternatives,”


This is some serious comedy folks.

reallife
reallife

Can you say   S H E L L A C K I N G?


LOL



Sparrow55
Sparrow55

Brought to you by the same people who planned and executed the Romney landslide of 2012. 

jmac
jmac

I'm sending Wendy DAvis another check this week.  I don't care that she might not have a chance in Red Texas.  To attack her for saying she was divorced at 19 when she was separated and living by herself at 19 until the divorce at 21 -  comes as close to silly as you can get - until you add on that a comment about walking  in her shoes if they think she didn't have it hard - or that she her aides  can't say Stand Up for Wendy because her opponent is in a wheel chair?   WTF? 


But it was the Palin daughter's comment on her motherhood  and the two liberal writers at the Dallas Morning News showing up on Fox that got me the most.   Dallas wants Abbot that badly?  We all know what that means.  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

They will do every bit as well as we did in 2012.

Diecash1
Diecash1

The Captain of the Titanic was bullish too. Remind me again how that worked out?

Pollopa
Pollopa

Well I guess I didn't get past the moderators on what I thought the Bullish title actually said. 

jmac
jmac

@mantisdragon91 They certainly won't do as well as they did in 2010.   The country isn't going to buy it this time.  Ted Cruz can say he didn't help shut down the government all he wants.   Lying with a straight face isn't going to hack it.   They really need a new spin - and that's all they've got so far - spin. 

Pollopa
Pollopa

Miss the hundreds of comments and conversation do we?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Pollopa, a morning without a MMR is like a morning without coffee. Might as well go back to bed.