No sooner did the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider read this front-page piece in Monday’s New York Times headlined “Re-energized, G.O.P. Widens Midterm Effort,” than two – count ‘em, two – Republican fundraising letters poured into the Global Worldwide Headquarters.
(BTW, was anyone else disappointed that the Times piece said, “Just since Tuesday, half a dozen Republicans have expressed interest in challenging Democrats in House races in New York, Pennsylvania and potentially Massachusetts, party officials said” – but never specified who the Massachusetts “potentials” might be?)
Anyway . . .
Republican Correspondent #1: Massachusetts gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker, whose fundraising package included a nice picture and a letter that opened with, “It is painfully clear that this two-year experiment with one party rule in Massachusetts’ state government is not working.”
Yes, and it’s painfully clear that Baker has found the theme he’ll flog for the next seven months.
Republican Correspondent #2: Texas Sen. John Cornyn, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, who sent the hardworking staff a Republican Strategy Survey (online version here) and opened his letter this way:
If you are registered to vote in the 4th district of Massachusetts, and tend to identify yourself as a Republican or Republican-leaning voter, please answer and return this brief Republican Strategy Survey today.
If you are not registered to vote as a Republican in the District indicated, please return your unmarked survey to me immediately. Thank you for your cooperation and prompt response.
Actually, that would be your prompt non-response. Not to get technical about it.