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October 19, 2010

National Democats hardly giving up on Kratovil

For months, the conventional wisdom in Washington was that freshman Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil of Maryland was hopelessly doomed. He might just be the most vulnerable House Democrat in the country, some said.

Others confidently predicted--with no apparent evidence to back it up--that the national party would abandon him by early fall and take its money elsewhere, to races where Democrats actually had a chance of winning.


The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has now put more than $800,000 behind Kratovil's rematch with Republican state Sen. Andy Harris of Baltimore County. That makes the Kratovil race one of the top 10 in the nation, in terms of the DCCC's investment, at the moment.

For now, at least, the national Democratic Party's House campaign arm is outspending its Republican counterpart by more than $300,000 in Maryland's First District.

The Kratovil-Harris contest remains extremely tight. Some prognosticators still forecast a Harris victory.

But the Eastern Shore congressman is now off the "most critically endangered" list.

Non-partisan handicapper Charlie Cook's newsletter recently rated the 12 most vulnerable House Democrats in the country. Kratovil was not on the list. Cook regards the Kratovil-Harris rematch as a tossup.

Posted by Paul West at 11:50 AM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


"Friday’s FEC filings, however, finally reveal that the Concerned Taxpayers of America consists of exactly two concerned taxpayers...the group has since expanded its advertising attacks to include Rep. Frank Kratovil, Jr. (D-Md.), but its motives remain as opaque as ever. With as many donors as political targets, however, the group serves as an excellent example of how wealthy donors and corporations can now single-handedly fund a political group with an anodyne name that can attack a candidate under the guise of a broad public — rather than private — interest."

I'd rather they gave this money to Alan Grayson or someone else who is not a sniveling Blue Dog. Kratovil is just about the only Democrat that I would thoroughly enjoy seeing get beat in November. At least Andy Harris will be entertaining. I mean, all that insane crap Harris spews is a joke, right?

Bye- bye - Frank- Harford county doesnt want you around anymore. you are nothing but a lap dog to Pelosi and company.

I think the Democrats should be spending their money elsewhere. Even if Frank does end up winning this cycle, a normal conservative candidate would end up winning next cycle. The only reason this is even close is because Harris is so polarizing.

Congressmen Hoyer and Van Hollen have done everything in their power to direct dollars to Frank Kratovil. Every major Labor group has ponied up for Kratovil. The DCCC has pumped $800K into attack ads against Harris. The Maryland Democrat Party has produced no fewer than five attack mailings sent to voter households.

Despite all of this, Katovil will go down to defeat on November 2. He betrayed First District voters by siding with Obama, Reid, and Pelosi on Cap and Trade, the "Stimulus" bills, Bailout after Bailout, Cash for Clunkers, and every other spending measure that has heaped $2.7 Trillion onto our nation's debt in just two years.

Hoyer and Van Hollen won't be able to save this Pelosi puppy. He's one and done.

"Pelosi's puppy" will still be lifting his leg on little Andy after November 2nd.

Wow Ron you talk about supporting Alan Grayson and then call Andy Harris "insane"? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Why anyone would vote for Congressman Kratovil is beyond me. I tried desperately to reach him for his help in a very serious matter effecting my business. I was told more than once by his aides that he was too busy and I'd have to deal with them. I didn't vote for an aide, it was to my Congressman that I looked to for help. He exemplifies all that is wrong on Captal Hill.....self serving attitudes and promoting their interests for their own benefit politically.


You are the personification of naivete if you think you can expect any member of congress (left, right, or center) to personally take your calls or personally intervene on your behalf. We elect (and pay) those folk, not to be our personal servants or advocates, but to represent our interests and to provide constituent services through a competent and responsive staff. Had you gotten off your high horse (and your political agenda) I am sure that Representative Kratovil's staff would have been more than happy to pursue your case for you. Too bad your arrogance and fantasies got in the way of that.

A number of years ago, I worked at a large Federal agency, dealing in "Congressional correspondence." We worked VERY hard to satisfy the needs of constituents who had brought their problems to the attention of their Congressman or Senator. The staff members do the legwork on behalf of the Member (and the constituent), even though his/her response to you will read as if the Congressman or Senator did all the work for you. That is reality (and actually works pretty well).

It's pretty obvious that you share the same self-serving attitude that is prevalent on Capital Hill. As a past Vice President of the Maryland Motor Truck Association I am no stranger to how the process works in being able to personally bring an issue to the attention of either a Senator or Congressman. As you state, we elect (and pay) these folks and in doing so we should at least expect them to personally listen to our concerns while they are in office. After all they are not too busy to personally reach out to listen to our concerns and for our support when they are running for office or campaigning for re-election.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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