As KDVR‘s Eli Stokols scooped earlier this week:
DENVER — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be in Colorado Wednesday to help raise money for Andrew Romanoff and other Democratic congressional candidates, FOX31 Denver has confirmed.
Pelosi, D-California, will appear at a morning fundraiser for Romanoff, the former statehouse Speaker who is challenging Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, for his 6th District seat, expected to be one of the closest and most expensive in the country next year.
She’ll also join Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, at a second fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
While Pelosi is a prolific fundraiser, the Wicked Witch of the West also brings some heavy political baggage along with her.
A poll earlier this year found Pelosi was both the best-known leader in Congress and the most hated. As US News reported at the time:
Most everyone knows who Nancy Pelosi is – and they don’t like her.
That’s according to the latest Gallup survey on the popularity of top congressional leaders, which found both Democratic leaders more unpopular than their Republican counterparts.
Nearly 8 in 10 Americans know of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, compared to 72 percent who know House Speaker John Boehner, 65 percent who are familiar with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and 60 percent who know Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But overall, Pelosi is seen the most negatively by Americans – with a “net negative” of 17, compared to a net negative of 11 for Reid, 10 for Boehner and 8 for McConnell. “Net negatives” are a polling statistic made when you subtract the percent of people who view someone negatively from the number that view them positively. Popular politicians have “net positive” numbers, unpopular ones have “net negatives.”
The 6th Congressional District race has been dubbed the most competitive race in the country by Politico, and both incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Coffman and Romanoff are raising big bucks, with Coffman retaining a slight edge every quarter so far.
Bringing Pelosi to town may raise some dollars for Romanoff, but the more he is tied to the unpopular leadership of his own party the harder time he’ll have in 2014.
And there is no one in Congress more detrimental to a swing district candidate than the nationally loathed Nancy Pelosi.