In a press release/blog post/article by Bobby “Pizza Guy With 10 Kids” Schilling, he excoriates Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-NARAL) for telling the inconvenient truth that even though she knew the budget deal cut veteran benefits, she voted for it anyway. Needless to say, Schilling’s Outrage-O-Meter is set at or near 10.
Which isn’t surprising, since this is what politicians do when their opponent makes a whoopsee. What was more interesting to me was this quote near the end:
“Congressman Bustos made headlines on Monday for being a pretty good fundraiser, especially from special interest lobbyists in Washington, D.C. She managed to pull in more than $1 million in 2013.”
This was news to me since I had not seen anything about Bustos’ fundraising prowess in any of the QC media, so after some googling, I did find some articles in the Aledo news and the Galesburg news.
But beyond that, in all the many press releases I have read, this is the first time I have ever seen a politician compliment or even mention his/her rival for their fundraising abilities—even if it was sort of a backhanded compliment.
Why did he even bring it up? Money envy? Schilling still hasn’t released his report to the FEC. An attempt to make Bustos look like she has been bought by “lobbyists”? If so, the question is why aren’t conservative special interest lobbyists and PACs lining up to support Schilling? Or are they, but he just won’t tell us now so he can slam Bustos?
I understand this race is different from his first, but Schilling was outspent by Hare and Hare still lost—big time. Why the focus on $$$$ now?
Schilling’s mouthpiece, in his best Chicago Cubs “there’s always next year” mode had this to say about Bustos’ epic and historic fundraising:
“We are pretty confident we are going to have a really strong first quarter (in 2014)…Every aspect of our campaign is focused on individuals and grassroots, including fundraising…”
My guess is that Bobby “Pizza Guy With 10 Kids” is going to need more financial help than just from “individuals and grassroots”, since he has managed to piss off some of his potential donors and supporters. Also his last matchup costs millions of $$$$$ and that kind of scratch will have to come from others than “individuals and grassroots”.
But even so, money isn’t everything—especially in a situation where both candidates are known. Beyond these lame “gotcha” moments how will Pizza Guy With 10 Kids prove he isn’t just Bobby Bustos?
Will he be doing issues this year or will he be “mudslinging” like Hare charged in ’10?