DCCC Money Now in NM-CD2 for Richardson’s Guy HarryTeague…Where Were They When the Progressive Ran Last Time?? (The One Who Got 40% of the Vote, Then Was Shoved out of the Dem Primary the Race in 2008?)

Here we are in New Mexico CD-2 where money hasn’t been forthcoming to help a Democratic Congressional candidate for as long as I’ve been here. You see, you have to raise a lot of money BEFORE the DCCC will give you MORE money. A candidate who merely wins the primary on sheer guts and grassroots support isn’t rewarded…and you wonder WHY the Democrats keep morphing into “just get along” candidates who don’t make waves once they get to Washington?

Last time around, Al Kissling, a true progressive, ran an upstart campaign with little money and got nearly 40% of the vote against then-incumbent Steve Pearce. (See “Al Kissling’s Moral Victory” to see how he was so dramatically outspent.) As I reported earlier, Kissling wasn’t even given a fair chance by the Democratic poohbahs to make his case to get on the primary ballot this time. See my earlier post on this subject to see how Kissling was cut out of the process by Richardson et al.

And now, suddenly, money appears to support oil guy Teague, who buddies with Republicans…including GOP Senate candidate Steve Pearce. Teague poured in big bucks from his own pocket, yet only narrowly defeated Bill McCamley who made news by donating $47.50 to his own campaign and was outspent. Bill McCamley was no prize either, but at least he wasn’t in the pocket of big oil.

Joe Monohan reports how Teague has become a recipient of the DCCC’s largesse:

TEAGUE’S BOOST

First it was ABQ Dem congressional nominee Martin Heinrich getting a boost from the national party, now it’s southern Dem congressional hopeful Harry Teague:

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced the addition of Harry Teague to its “Red to Blue” program. The Red to Blue program supports top Democratic campaigns and offers financial, communications, and strategic support…In 2006, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $22.6 million for 56 campaigns. Candidates earn a spot in the competitive program by surpassing demanding fundraising goals

The Cook political Report in D.C. now ranks the southern CD race as “lean Republican” instead of “likely Republican.” Teague faces GOP restaurant owner Ed Tinsley.

To find out why I’m not jumping for joy about all this, check out this earlier post on Teague’s Republican ties.

“Harry T. and the Chamber of Secrets” co-starring Oil and Republicans–Screenplay by Bill Richardson [Subtitle: The Behind-the-Scenes Adventures of Bill R., Harry Teague and the NM CD-02 Democratic Primary]