In One Eye

Friday, July 15, 2005
 
In our little competitive congressional district, the era of the near-constant campaign has arrived.
Democrat Joseph Courtney announced Thursday he has raised $221,302 in his campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, R-2nd District, in 2006 ...

Simmons, who spent $2.5 million to win re-election last year, responded hours later with his own tally: a total of $640,000 raised and more than $520,000 cash on hand ...

Courtney, a former state lawmaker who first challenged Simmons in 2002, began raising money for his latest run in March.
I assume I'll see both of these bozos during the next two Durham Fairs.

Courtney ran a good race in 2002 against Simmons, but had nominal support from the state's Democrats (let us remember how state politics were run in those days). This time around, the national party plans to get involved along with such organizations as MoveOn.com. It could be interesting.

However, the truth of the matter is that BRAC is going to decide this election. Simmons, who defeated Jim Sullivan in 2004 by approximately the same margin as he'd defeated Courtney in 2002, ran his 2004 campaign on the premise that he was in a better position to keep the Groton submarine and ancillary facilities open than was Sullivan.

We'll soon see if Simmons' asseveration has any credence.