Republican Super PAC Desperately Trying to Save Quico Canseco in District 23

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Quico Canseco's lame, transparent speech at the RNC certainly informed national Republicans that he exists…and is in serious danger of losing his seat. A Republican Super PAC called Congressional Leadership Fund and its affiliated “nonprofit” group American Action Network are jumping into try and save Canseco's spiraling campaign. National Journal reports:

After unveiling its first general election TV ad of the cycle last Friday, the Congressional Leadership Fund and the American Action Network, a Republican super PAC and its affiliated non-profit, will expand their advertising push to $3 million across six House districts this week…CLF will release an ad in Canseco's district, backed by a $300,000 buy,…

$300,000 is no small chunk of change in a House race. Why are the Republicans so scared about losing this one? A few reasons.

1. They're worried about Hispanic Republicans elected in 2010, who have no business representing the districts they do, losing in 2012. This is fearsome because a 2012 election where Hispanic Republicans had their rear end handed to them will not be a good foreshadowing for the future of the party. If 2010 was really an aberration (and it was), even Republicans who have deluded themselves that they have a shot with the Latino community will be facing a hard reality.

2. Pete Gallego is coming for them. He is a strong progressive Democrat, convincing and likable, essentially making him the exact opposite of the charmless corporatist he's running against. The latest poll from the district also shows him ahead – and outside the margin of error. Check out this great new biographical TV ad that Gallego put out this week:

3. Republicans are doing everything they can to keep the House – which they may well lose. Even John Boehner admits there's a “one-in-three” chance Democrats will reclaim the House. The fact is that voters across the country fundamentally reject Republican policies and support progressive ones, when they are stripped of their media-provided titles. The Republican rhetoric of “less government and lower taxes” is not appealing to the American people because they know exactly what it means – robbing their opportunities so more money can be handed to the rich.

Tick tock, tick tock. Make sure you play your part in a Pete Gallego victory: contribute to his campaign via BOR's Burnt Orange to Blue fundraising effort.  


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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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