Wisconsin Recall: Tea Party Express Warns GOP In Danger
In an urgent e-mail to its members, the Tea Party Express warned:
For the past two weeks Democrats have out-hustled, out-worked, and out-fundraised Republicans in the RECALL campaigns that are being launched against Gov. Walker and the Republican State Senators.
The e-mail was sent after Sam Stein of The Huffington Post reported:
Both national and Wisconsin-based Republican operatives tell the Huffington Post the party is being dramatically outworked and out-organized by Democrats in the recall campaigns being launched against state Senators.
Hard to say if the TPE folks are truly alarmed or just saw a fund-raising opportunity, but Stein's reporting should give progressive activists heart, if Republicans operatives are anonymously expressing concern.
Together the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America, have raised $800,000 for the recall campaign against Republican State Senators Alberta Darling, Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, who has since been outed by his wife as an adulterer.
(When clipboard-carrying protesters showed up at the Hopper residence, Alysia Hopper, the senator's wife, informed them that the senator no longer lived there since taking up with a 25-year-old mistress who happens to be a lobbyist at a right-wing firm. A local television station received a letter from Alysia Hopper that they say suggests that she signed the recall petition against her estranged husband.)
In a release sent today, PCCC's Adam Green writes: "Over $500,000 will be spent by PCCC/DFA on [television] ads by end of next week, and ads will continue as part of this sustained campaign." [VIDEO BELOW]
Tea Party Express, writing under the rubric of its Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama brand, offers some weak brew in answer to the progressives' tonic, telling recipients they need to raise $50,000 by the end of the week in order to run a "Thank you, Gov. Walker" ad that characterizes progressives as "goons" and "thugs." [VIDEO BELOW]
The PCCC/DFA pro-recall ad for the Milwaukee market:
And here's the Tea Party Express' nasty bit of business.