Just perused the OCPF reports and it’s a good start for Andrea Silbert – her message is resonating and her viability is clear in her fundraising total:
$299k on hand
Councilor-attorney-Mayor Tim Murray has had a great month of fundraising, around $140k, and finished with $222k on hand. It will be disappointing if a popular local official like Tim didn’t continue to have six figure fundraising months, especially with his insider rolodex and trial attorney connection.
There are two clear tiers in the LG’s race heading into 2006: Andrea Silbert and Tim Murray on top and then Goldberg/Kelley down below. If Goldberg writes a big check to feel competitive, it will show the lack of support she has. She hasn’t been raising it on her own lately, preferring to be rich in Palm Beach one could guess, so she must be looking at her checkbook as her biggest supporter and fundraiser (sounds Healey-ish to me). She has also demonstrated a lack of campaign discipline – spending just a ridiculous amount of money for very little. Sam Kelley is just done with $7,000 in the bank. He’ll have to raise more just to pay himself back.
I doubt the field will stay set with just 4 – more state reps and sens and god knows who else will look at this race – but Andrea Silbert has set the table and provided a clear message of opportunity, service, innovation and growth. She is tremendously experienced in public service for women and families and She’s the only proven outsider candidate and a committed fund-raiser. Her statewide policy and management qualifications are there, her commitment to Democratic causes are clear. Now, she has to continue to grow the delegate base and show she has the statewide campaign skill – while keeping the money flowing and spending disciplined. That’s where the electeds have a bit of an edge. A guy like Murray has the retain campaign down, the rolodex to keep the money coming, it’s the lack of experience he has to make up for.