Monday, June 29, 2009

Ramsey Campaign Makes 11th-Hour Plea for Cash

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 6:44 AM

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Sometimes those political fund-raising pitches can bite the candidate in the ass. Ron Ramsey's campaign has just sent an email plea complaining yet again about their guy's competitive disadvantage: The law didn't allow him to shake down lobbyists during this year's legislative session. To help him overcome this handicap, the Senate speaker says in the email, Republicans ought to give money to his campaign. Here's the hard sell:
Now we have less than 48 hours before the Ramsey for Governor campaign reports our first fund-raising totals. So we have ground to make up. I need your help to prove the strength of our campaign. So we have ground to make up. I need your help to prove the strength of our campaign.

OK, that might pry loose a little more cash. The problem is this: What if Ramsey's total still sucks? Then armed with Ramsey's own words, his rivals can argue that, rather than proving the strength of Ramsey's campaign, it proves the weakness. Here's the whole email from Ramsey:

Dear jeff,

Right now I'm working around the clock visiting with voters from every part of Tennessee and asking personally for their support of my Governor's campaign. I'm humbled by the enthusiastic response and generosity of so many. I write now because I urgently need your help. You see, we started our fundraising efforts with a distinct disadvantage in this campaign. While many of our competitors have been raising funds for 6 months or longer, state law prohibited us from getting started until June 1st. What's more, the legislative session didn't adjourn until June 18th. Now we have less than 48 hours before the Ramsey for Governor campaign reports our first fundraising totals. So we have ground to make up. I need your help to prove the strength of our campaign.

Time is running short. But I have you in my corner. If you haven't done so already, or if you are able to help again, please make an immediate contribution to our campaign. I'm counting on you to help us reach our goal.

I'm running for Governor of Tennessee because I believe I can make a difference. I have the experience to be Tennessee's chief executive and know that I can help solve the problems confronting our families and businesses. But I can't do it without your help. Please make an immediate contribution to help me get our message out. Together we can solve Tennessee's problems and return to a path of prosperity.

Sincerely,

ron@teamronramsey.com

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