Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Pelosi Challengers Gain Nation-Wide Support, Contributions

Dana Walsh, running in California's Eighth District against incumbent Nancy Pelosi, did not do so well in 2008. Running for the same position then, she ended in third with less than 10% of the vote. Today, however, things are different.

The L.A. Times reports that Walsh has been given donations from over 30,000 people from all 50 states. That's well over one million dollars and still climbing. Across the country, people are sending in donations to Walsh, not only because they support her candidacy, but because they don't like Nancy Pelosi.

From the L.A. Times:
"Nancy's got to go," said the 65-year-old retiree, who lives in the Milwaukee suburbs and last month sent Walsh a $200 check. "She's far too liberal."
Likewise, John Dennis, who is running against Walsh in the Republican primary, has also received national support and contributions. Once again, dislike of Pelosi has spurred his campaign.

From the L.A. Times:

"If she was just representing the people who elected her, that would be fine," said Helen, 60, a Georgia resident who gave $200 to Walsh's opponent, John Dennis. "But I do not approve of this woman, do not approve of how she's pushed things through the House," said the part-time actress, who did not want her last name used for fear of receiving angry phone calls and e-mails. "To me it's not local. This is a national situation."
It's highly unusual for so much money to pour into such a lopsided race. The flood of donations speak to the passions Pelosi generates, experts say, and to the power of technologies like cable TV and partisan websites that spur people to act on their impulse. Most contributions have come from outside the state: $20 from Macomb, Ill.; $200 from Sulphur, Okla.; $500 from Temple, Texas; $2,400 from East Setauket, N.Y.
Hopefully this keeps up and we can all send Nancy Pelosi packing this November.
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