“We’re probably only going to bring in about $1.7 or $1.8 million,” said a DCCC staffer. “Those numbers are going to send some of our caucus screaming for Matsui’s head.”
More likely, they’ll be screaming when they see what their opposite numbers on the House Republican side pulled in for the quarter. The GOP is crowing that it may have raised as much as $8.5 million, a huge advantage that ensures Republicans will more readily be able to defend their 30 or so contestable seats in 2004.
Matsui’s situation is only one facet of what is surely going to be a hot, contentious summer for Democrats. Beyond Matsui’s failing to raise money for his caucus, his boss Pelosi is being criticized by almost every segment of her caucus for her failure to get Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe on the same page with her. Democrats in the House are already complaining that they were better treated by their party when McAuliffe’s friend Dick Gephardt was their leader. But in reality, neither House nor Senate Democrats have ever been able to depend on large financial windfalls from the DNC. And Gephardt may have had only marginally better dealings with it than, say, Jim Wright or Tip O’Neill.
Based on Matsui’s poor performance, Pelosi may feel pressure to bring in additional leadership support for the next fundraising push. But thus far, she has indicated that she will stick by her longtime political ally.p> MAD DASCHLE br>
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