Yesterday, Marilinda Garcia officially registered as a candidate for U.S. Congress representing the second Congressional District of New Hampshire.
With just under three months until the Republican Primary and less than five months until the General Election, the campaign is well positioned to help Marilinda become the newest member of the New Hampshire Congressional delegation.
As we transition from our initial campaign building process to a new phase of execution that will take us right through November, I wanted to update you on the state of our campaign and the state of the primary and general election race:
- Last week the Marilinda Garcia for Congress campaign officially opened its headquarters in Concord. We have seven full-time staff members, 10 interns, and our list of volunteers grows by the day.
- Fundraising will continue to be a primary focus. Our finance committee of proven fundraisers is strong and growing fast. We are very optimistic about the fundraising events we have planned throughout the rest of the quarter and beyond.
- We officially launched our grassroots rollout last week with the opening of our new HQ in Concord, followed two days later with a phone bank (Phone-a-Friend Friday) that yielded 1,500 outreach calls. This coming Saturday we will host our first “Super Saturday” door knock.
- Last week we made more than 5,000 voter ID calls (preceded by 2,500 calls the week before and 1,000 calls the week before that). This number will continue to grow exponentially each week.
- We are launching a brand-new, redesigned website in the next two weeks.
- Our social media accounts continue to grow exponentially, far outpacing our competitors and allowing us to speak directly with New Hampshire voters.
We are building a very serious campaign infrastructure that will help provide Marilinda with the tools she needs to be successful.
While I know it is early and numbers will shift, we are optimistic about the early poll results showing us statistically tied with Rep. Ann Kuster and, more importantly, Marilinda’s favorability ratings that prove what we all know – that the more people see and hear Marilinda, the more they like and support her.
Rep. Kuster is very vulnerable this cycle. Traditionally, the party in the White House loses seats in Congress during mid-term elections. And with the current problems plaguing his Administration -- implementation of Obamacare, Benghazi, the VA scandal, EPA overreach, Syria, the Keystone XL pipeline, and now the Bergdahl fiasco -- weighing down Democrats like Ann Kuster, we believe the time is ripe for Marilinda and her message.
Rep. Kuster is a proud supporter of the president, and was rated by the National Journal as the most liberal member of the New Hampshire delegation – even to the left of Senator Jean Shaheen. Rep. Kuster does not share the same views as most commonsense Granite Staters, a reality that becomes more clear by the day.
I know that before Marilinda faces Rep. Kuster, we must first defeat Gary Lambert in the Republican Primary. We deeply respect Mr. Lambert for his military service. But he is outside the mainstream of New Hampshire Republicans in his support for a cap and trade energy scheme, among other issues. This cap and trade scheme increases electricity prices here in New Hampshire and creates an environment in which corporate cronyism can thrive. In light of the challenges that many New Hampshirites faced during the polar vortex this winter, including higher electricity bills and furloughed manufacturing plants in the North Country, we need to ensure that our state’s energy supply is reliable and affordable.
That Mr. Lambert’s campaign decided to go negative so early is evidence of his flailing effort. And that he and his supporters attacked Marilinda’s character (her integrity and maturity, to be specific) for making a principled vote as a member of the State House on an issue that has no bearing on the federal office that they both seek was an odd act of desperation. It is unsurprising though, as the aforementioned poll showed Mr. Lambert 7 points behind Kuster and struggling mightily among women (16 points behind Kuster) —a gap that Marilinda neutralized. Not only that, but Lambert’s favorability rating was upside down and dropping, despite his surprisingly low name ID for a candidate who had the considerable head start on Marilinda that he did.
And as a Foster’s Daily Democrat article explained, Lambert’s campaign has “yet to catch fire,” while Marilinda’s “easily dispels the myth of the GOP’s war on women, promoted by the Democratic Party oligarchy.”
From now through Election Day, Marilinda will be keeping a very busy campaign schedule as she seeks to meet as many voters as possible and work to earn each and every vote.
We know we have the best candidate in the race and we are confident that we will have the resources and the infrastructure to help her win in September and November.