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July 29, 2008 7:34 AM

Burner's big bank account

Posted by David Postman

Democrat Darcy Burner’s campaign has more cash on hand than all but two other congressional challengers this year. That’s according to CQ Politics, as pointed out by the Burner campaign this morning. Here’s what CQ has to say about Burner’s stash of cash in her rematch against Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn:

3. Darcy Burner, Democrat, Washington’s 8th ($1.2 million). Burner, who was formerly employed by Microsoft, is taking on two-term Rep. Reichert ($916,000) in a suburban Seattle district in which she came within three percentage points of unseating the congressman in 2006. Burner’s challenge is one reason why Reichert is among the most vulnerable Republican incumbents; so too is the likelihood that his district will back Barack Obama over John McCain for president. CQ Politics Race Rating: No Clear Favorite.

The advantage of big bank accounts is one reason why Democrats expect they’ll do well this year.

Democrats comprise nine of the 10 most cash-rich challengers to incumbents of the opposite party, according to a CQ Politics analysis of campaign finance reports that were recently filed with the Federal Election Commission. The large cash-on-hand totals posted by these Democrats are one sign party officials are hopeful of a number of seat takeovers in November.

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Posted by Apollo

8:01 AM, Jul 29, 2008

She is never out meeting people. Does she even know the people she wants to represent? She sat at a table I was at, came in late, after she was acknowledged for being there, she left. I realize that she needs to call out-of-state contributors, but does she care about us at all?

She is too busy branding and rebranding herself, kind of like John Kerry and Al Gore who think that it is all about how you look.

Resume, ability, honesty. In the last campaign, she broke copyright law by illegally using a public recording without authorization. Considering the fact that she wants to represent tons of MSFT workers whose livlihood depends upon strong legal IP protections, she is unfit for this job.

She better have more money than Dave, while Dave has been out working for the people, she has spent the past two years working with the extreme left raising money.

Here is the difference between the two:

Raising money is Reichert's least favorite part of the job, said Mike Shields, Reichert's campaign spokesman. He doesn't fit in at high-dollar fundraisers at fancy hotels and doesn't like asking for things, Shields said.

"When you're a law-enforcement officer, you spend your entire life being told, 'Don't even take a cup of coffee from somebody,' " Shields said, "and now you're going around asking for thousands of dollars. It's not a comfortable thing to do. He does it because he has to."

Burner, on the other hand, embraces the money chase. At a recent gathering in Puyallup, she asked supporters who had already written one check that evening to write another.

"Feel free to buy another share of Darcy Burner," she joked. "I'm not that expensive."

Darcy is for sale, has no experience (even less than two years ago) and, even worse, tries to pass off her brother's military service as her own.

This if for US Congress, not some school board or planning commission. She is unqualified.

Posted by raincityman

8:34 AM, Jul 29, 2008

I don't think i've ever seen a situation where a challenger has outraised an incumbent not one, not two, but FIVE quarters in a row. Why hasn't the Times reported that in the dead fish edition?

Posted by john am

11:28 AM, Jul 29, 2008

The only reason junior senator Barach Hussein Obama opposes U.S. offshore oil rigs is that the fringe democratic idiots are also against the idea that the USA should not be free from foreign suppliers of crude oil.

Notice none of these knot heads who believe wind mills are the answer to all our problems are saying very much now that the price of gas has dipped below $4.00/ gallon.So junior senator its time to come up with another hair brained idea.

Posted by teve

11:57 AM, Jul 29, 2008

john "Hussein" am -

Our overreliance on oil (either foreign or domestic - it doesn't matter) is creating an environmentally unsustainable solution that will ruin the planet for our kids. I suggest you embrace wind power.

Posted by jamesb

12:43 PM, Jul 29, 2008

John am,
What does your post have to do with the thread subject? What do you have to support your ridiculous contention that the democrats don’t want the US to be free of foreign oil?

Posted by information sorceress

4:00 PM, Jul 29, 2008

Apollo -- you must not look very approachable because I had a 10 minute conversation with Darcy just yesterday on the streets of Renton! We talked about gas prices and mileage on different car models and education. ANn maybe you could cut her a break -- how soon after the fire was your encounter with her? She might have been a little preoccupied (I sure would have been!)

Posted by Anyones guess

4:19 PM, Jul 29, 2008

information sorceress

"10 minute conversation with Darcy just yesterday on the streets of Renton! "

She went back to her original profession.

Posted by Bothsides

5:57 PM, Jul 29, 2008

"Democrats comprise nine of the 10 most cash-rich challengers to incumbents of the opposite party,"

That's because Dems raise more money than Republicans do, I suppose that's because they're so creative at doing it, as well as paying the people back that donate! This obsession with Darcy Burner is almost laughable, it makes Mr. Postman and the Times look like they'll do just about anything to get her elected. Why it was less than a month ago they ran a story about who Darcy Burner endorses for president, as if anyone gives a damn about a one time loser congressional candidates endorsement for POTUS, enough already, I don't think any amount of money will put this empty suit Microsoft Executive (oops, I mean manager, that was a Darcy Burner quote) in the congress of the U.S.

Posted by information sorceress

6:20 AM, Jul 30, 2008

Anyone's guess -- you need to pull your rude Republican mind out of the gutter. Normal people have conversations while walking down the street in small town American. Unbelievable!

Posted by any ones guess

7:38 AM, Jul 30, 2008

information sorceress:

Try Independent, lighten up it was sarcasm, unless your reaction proves the truth.

Posted by Bothsides

8:10 AM, Jul 30, 2008

So Renton is small town America....laughable. You discussed gas prices, also laughable, seeing that Darcy Burner couldn't poosibly have any impact on them, education, I'll leave that one alone.

Posted by Apollo

8:44 AM, Jul 30, 2008

Nice try, "information sorceress" but the luncheon was weeks before her lakeside house tragically burned. The only thing on her mind was getting more money.

As for the high gas prices, what is her solution? Increase supply? no.
Produce more energy (including oil) in America? no
Decrease American freedom? yes.

She keeps trying to claim her father's military service as her own. She was a small group manager at MSFT who violated IP law to try to get elected. That is a big deal! She does not understand the value of intellectual property. It is PROPERTY. She stole value from TVW for her personal profit. She is unfit to represent this region...and unlike Dave Reichert, she is for sale (according to her own words.)

Posted by John

7:43 PM, Jul 31, 2008

"The advantage of big bank accounts is one reason why Democrats expect they’ll do well this year."

No matter how down in the dumps the GOP is these "d's" need all the breaks to beat us. As of tonight McCain is one point below his young inexperience challenger.

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