Well, this is just hard to explain, isn’t it?
Here’s an article on MA-05 fundraising; and as we might expect, Niki Tsongas is in the lead. Somewhat less expected is Barry Finegold’s strong showing. And as we’ve seen on BMG, in terms of 2nd Quarter receipts, Eileen Donoghue and Jamie El–
Wait, Jamie who?
The AP story makes no mention that one Jamie Eldridge is running for Congress in the Massachusetts 5th district. None.
That’s just inexplicable. I understand Eldridge isn’t the frontrunner, but come on, he’s not some fringe candidate. He’s an elected representative with six figures in cash on hand. If Republican Jim Oganowski (with $111,706.98 cash on hand) is newsworthy — and he emphatically is — then there can’t be any reason for not even mentioning Eldridge, other than plain old fergettin’.
AP reporter Steve LeBlanc better have a real good excuse for this one.
Update: It occurs to me that sometimes there is a real good excuse, like an overzealous local editor. Who knows?
In any event, I’ve got a call in to the AP office in Boston, so maybe we’ll hear back from Mr. LeBlanc.
Further update: This looks like an earlier version of the same story, and it does look like LeBlanc just goofed and forgot Eldridge was in the race:
Calls to the two other Democratic candidates in the race, state Rep. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, and Rep. James Miceli, D-Wilmington, were not returned Sunday.
Note to the Eldridge campaign: You might want to introduce yourselves to the AP reporter on your beat.
Note to AP: … and vice versa.
Still further update: Adam Reilly got this response from the AP bureau chief:
What happened was that we did call the Eldridge campaign asking for the information. They did not get back to us in time for the story. But we neglected to mention that they did not get back to us in the story. Since then, they’ve gotten back to us, and we are producing a short separate [article] with that information [i.e., Eldridge’s fundraising numbers]. We have covered the Eldridge camp in the past, and of course we will do so in the future.
Again, it’s also up to the Eldridge campaign to constantly be up in the faces of the media.
Yet another update: And here are the numbers:
BOSTON –State Rep. James Eldridge has raised $267,660 in his bid for the 5th Congressional District seat, placing him fourth in the five-way fundraising race in the Democratic primary.
Eldridge got contributions from more than 1,000 donors, which shows the grassroots nature of his campaign, Eldridge spokesman Greg LaManna said Tuesday. The Acton Democrat had $140,748 in available cash to spend.
Interesting … doesn’t totally square with EaBo’s numbers, below. I wonder what accounts (hah) for that.