Leave it to a college paper to scoop the bloggers on this , but it is definitely worth a read. Many of my fellow bloggers, me included, posted fundraising totals from candidates, including those in the running for District I. I had noticed a few individual snarks on Facebook toward some of the candidate totals, but nothing newsworthy or in a press release from other candidates. The college paper, The Venture, found something.
“As you can see from the finance reports, Mr. Mendez has a number of overvalued in-kind donations, lots of self-funding and he only has $12,000 cash on-hand. To that end, alarm bells are ringing throughout District I because it appears he burned through the cash he allegedly raised. The hard working men and women of District I don’t spend money like that,” said Robert Gallegos who is one of the candidates running against Mendez in District I.
Mendez’s campaign manager, Joaquin Martinez, did not provide a response for this story before deadline.
Looks like a well-worded direct hit by Gallegos on that one, stating that fundraising will not make the difference, rather, experience in the district will–a theme on which he is running.
I agree that fundraising doesn’t win races (but it helps); it’s how you effectively deploy all of your resources–field, mail, visibility, volunteers, and especially rapid response. I can’t say what the Gallegos team was thinking, but it seems to me they saw a a soft spot and took a stab at it. I can’t say I wouldn’t have done it, since I really like finding soft spots, too.
But like any race, there is always some return-fire and the Ben Mendez Campaign took a different approach with a big announcement today filled with Union endorsements.
- International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA)
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)
- The American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters – Local Union 988
And a pretty VIPish quote:
City Council District needs someone that is not afraid to stand up for the needs of the community. Ben Mendez is that person. His experience, dedication, and knowledge make him the best candidate.” Gayle Fallon, President, Houston Federation of Teachers.
With less than 100 days out, we can expect to see plenty more volleys, direct hits, near misses, and outright bad shots. And this is just one district!