Thursday, October 05, 2006

Massachusettes- Seriously?

Mitt Romney is using RGA money to grease the wheels for his Presidential campaign... So says Chris Cilizza.

"The RGA -- through its independent expenditure arm -- is spending nearly $900,000 on ads touting Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (R) -- ads that indirectly seek to shore up Romney's legacy in the state. The governor's image is all over the ads as a narrator casts the successes of the "Romney-Healey team," including a balanced budget, job creation and health insurance for all. "Why would we want to turn back?" asks the narrator."

Doesn't sound that shady. How about this.

Healey has pledged to give $15 million of her own money to the race.
Most Recent Poll- Deval Patrick (D) - 55%, Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey (R) - 30%... The same poll gave Mitt a 40/48 fav/unfav. Why would you want to mention someone with those ratings in the ad?
The Massacusettes media market also overlaps with....New Hampshire...

RGA has limited resources- why not use them in Florida or Alabama or give more to Jim Nussle. Seems a little fishy.


Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

RGA already gave $1 Million to Crist in FL. Nussles gotten $750 at least. Alabama is locked up. Oregon got money. No money to NH and SC.

Romney would have MUCH higher approval ratings if he wouldn't have announced not to run for re-election. They know he's running for President and only the 13% of the Mass population that are registered Republicans are excited to continue to have a Republican POTUS. Plus, they're just mad that they'll be losing his strong fiscal responsibility.

Romney's approval had been trending higher over the last couple months with a dip down last month.
Could the decisions to make/run the ads been made a few weeks ago?

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney had no chance of winning re-election in Mass and that is why he didn't run.

The Boston media market covers New Hampshire and that is why is spending $1 million in RGA money to promote himself on Boston TV.

We always knew he was dishonest about his issue positions. Now he is becoming a borderline crook.

10:23 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

C'mon Jeff. $1 million in Florida, that isn't even a drop in the bucket.

How about Ohio, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, California, Nevada- the list goes on and on.

You don't think Nussle could use another 500K?

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Oregon got RGA money ($500K).

Ohio is, unfortunately, out of reach (though Romney's Commonwealth PAC has been very generous to Blackwell)

California, fortunately, is out of reach for the Dems and Arnie has plenty of dough.

Alaska's looking great . . . they wouldn't go for a D in the long run.

Nevada looks pretty safe too.

Colorado is not looking good at all and RGA money is unlikely to help a "less than gifted" campaigner.

Actually, this is all pretty silly to bicker about. Romney's job as RGA head is to RAISE money. In that he's done the BEST JOB EVER BY EITHER THE RGA OR DGA! He does not make all the decisions on where the $ goes either.

Nussle may get some more $ . . . we'll see, but $750,000 in a state this size is a pretty hefty amount.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

While it does look like he's using his role to his advantage for 08. As we post above, we have a better view of the reasoning than when we first posted on this.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Romney wanted to score points in NH, he would have dumped money in NH, where they have a governor's race.

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Hampshire is in the Boston TV market. In order to help Romney it doesn't matter which state he (or RGA with him in the ads supposedly for another candidate) advertises in, it still hits NH voters.

The guy is a crook.

1:56 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

It was my recollection that Romney had recused himself from RGA decisions involving money for the MA race.

Crook? The guy's Mr. Clean.

6:05 PM  

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