News from The Colorado Observer's Mark Stricherz today gives the clearest sign yet that Democrats fear the candidacy of former Coors Tek CEO Joe Coors Jr: they are already buying ad time in Colorado and suggest some might be used to defend incumbent Congressman Ed Perlmutter.
Despite Democrats' denials that Perlmutter is vulnerable, DCCC money speaks louder than words.
WASHINGTON – The House Democratic campaign apparatus plans to buy $2.5 million of television advertising on Denver stations after Labor Day to help three local House Democratic candidates, a list that might include Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Lakewood.
As Politico reported Tuesday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $32 million in TV advertising that would run in dozens of districts in 14 states. It has identified Colorado as one of the nation’s most competitive battleground states. Jennifer Crider, the DCCC’s deputy executive director, revealed in an interview that her organization might spend the money on TV ads to defeat two Colorado House Republicans – Scott Tipton of Cortez and Mike Coffman of Lone Tree — and defend Perlmutter. [Peak emphasis]
While defeating Perlmutter will be no easy task, as he trounced GOP contender Ryan Frazier in 2011, the fact that Nancy Pelosi's lackies are running around buying up ad time to defend Perlmutter is a sign his seat is not considered safe.
Ad time bought for the Denver media market would likely be for either CD6 (Coffman v Miklosi) or CD7 (Coors v Perlmutter), as very little of the Denver market reaches the CD3 race of Sal Pace and Congressman Scott Tipton. With the embarrassing campaign of Joe Miklosi, that money would probably be better spent defending Ed Perlmutter.
The acknowledgment that Perlmutter might need defending from national Democrats is a win in itself for Coors's campaign. It will strengthen the narrative that Perlmutter is more vulnerable than many folks thought a few months ago, and that Coors is running a serious campaign. It will also greatly please GOP strategists who are happy to see Democrats spending money defending one of their seats, rather than attacking a Republican incumbent.
With the district becoming more Republican after redistricting, Coors raising more than Perlmutter in donations from individuals, and Perlmutter's heavy reliance on special interest Political Action Committees (PACs) to raise money, the 7th Congressional District race is becoming one to watch.
Add in Obama's 36% approval rating in JeffCo, the heart of CD7, and this may not be the first time you hear of liberal or Democrat groups dropping big dollars to defend Ed Perlmutter.