House Democrats spent big on losing candidates but are glad they helped Walz survive GOP blitz

A story in the Wall Street Journal says the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $82 million over the past two years and still lost 61 seats to the Republicans. But they figure their strategic spending saved another 15 to 20 blue seats that might have slipped away, and Minnesota’s Tim Walz was one of those.

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen said in a memo obtained by the paper that the Nov. 2 “political hurricane” was caused by “high unemployment, millions in outside money spent by anonymous donors and a difficult playing field — the result of the party’s success in the last two elections in which Democrats picked up an additional 55 seats.”

He wrote that $74 million was raised by “Republican special-interest groups” in “mostly secret money in 64 districts,” which helped, among others, Republican Randy Demmer in his bid against incumbent Democrat Tim Walz.

Walz prevailed, though, thanks in part to a $276,000 ad buy on Walz’s behalf by the DCCC late in the campaign, when it became obvious that national Republican aid was helping Demmer close the gap.

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  1. Submitted by Paul Scott on 11/19/2010 - 12:17 pm.

    Walz was never in any danger. The DCCC was just a bunch of money chasing money. The ads he ran late in the game diminished his sheen, if anything, trying to tie Demmer to privatizing Social Security when Demmer didn’t believe in that. Walz would have been better off making a robust defense of all of his votes instead of playing to the deficit panic noise machine.

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