BMG central just received a press release from Gerry Leone’s campaign touting his 2005 fundraising results. From the release:
Among the more than 1,550 individual contributions Leone has received just seven months since establishing his campaign committee, donors include Democratic activists, law enforcement officers and public safety professionals, victim witness advocates, current and former prosecutors, statewide and local elected officials, educators, business leaders and medical professionals.
Pretty good numbers. Jarrett Barrios, too, has done well in the fundraising department. I can’t figure out where the reports detailing total contributions received are filed (anyone?), but as of the end of December 2005 Barrios had close to $600,000 in the bank. Mike Festa and Peter Koutoujian are way, way behind.
Money is definitely an issue in this race – Middlesex is a huge county, and none of the candidates is well-known county-wide, so whoever can afford to get his name out in a big way is going to have a big advantage. Right now, it looks like Leone and Barrios will have the wherewithal to do that. And that’s a pretty interesting race: the socially progressive legislator with big ideas but no prosecutorial experience vs. the career prosecutor who knows how to put away the bad guys and run a big office but who has been less focused on broader societal issues (though, to be fair, Leone has some credentials in that area as well). I, for one, would not hazard a guess at this point as to how this one is going to go.