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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Is Etheridge in Trouble
Now that this video has gone viral, the next question is Congressman Etheridge in trouble. Real Clear Politics has a great break down. The positive in Etheridge's favor include his significant fundraising advantage. He has about a million dollars in the bank while his opponent only has about $5000.
On the other hand, Etheridge has made a name for himself over the last decade by being a centrist, which alligns with the District. Meanwhile, he voted for the stimulus, Obamacare, and cap and trade. Obamacare polls at about 37% in his district.
So, the wild card is this. His opponent is Renee Ellmers, a political unknown. She's a nurse and President of the local chamber of commerce. She's become a short term conservative talk radio star as conservatives have seized on this video. Will this give her a significant fundraising boost?
If over the next month, Ellmers raises enough funds to stand a fighting chance, this race becomes one to watch. If the fundraising remains quite skewed, this video won't end Etheridge's career.