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Democratic Senate Candidate David Alameel Lends Himself $750,000


by: Ben Sherman

Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 00:00 PM CST



David Alameel and Maxey Scherr

The Democratic Senate primary is on, and it's Dallas dentist David Alameel vs. El Paso lawyer Maxey Scherr. Alameel can boast Wendy Davis' endorsement, previous experience running (though he lost), and now a huge chunk of cash. Alameel just lent himself $750,000 to kick off the final month before the primary.

"With minimal spending in December, Alameel's year-end report - not yet available from the Senate or Federal Election Commission - will show he started 2014 with $742,414 ready to spend. Alameel's net worth tops $50 million. He sunk $4.5 million on a failed U.S. House bid in 2012, so that $750,000 could be just an opening bid," the DMN's Todd Gillman explains.

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On Tuesday, United Steelworkers endorsed Alameel. "Dr. Alameel's strong opposition to trade agreements that send good, family supporting jobs overseas and his commitment to fight attempts to privatize Social Security and Medicare make him the only choice for working Texans," USW President Lee Medley said.

Admittedly, it's not been easy for Scherr to gain much traction while the Austin political press corps swarms the governor's race, and to a lesser extent, the GOP Lt. Gov. primary. There's an unfortunate sense that if Democrats can win one race this year, it's the governor's race. On the other hand, Alameel's previous House run gives him a natural advantage in a primary consisting of Democratic newbies, including himself.

Scherr is certainly trying. Her campaign is in constant touch with the media, and Scherr lent herself $100,000 and has raised an not-insignificant $106,000. With so little attention on this race, it'll be interesting to see what her campaign does to change the tide in the next month. She gave an extensive interview to Off the Kuff Tuesday, available for listening here.



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