Campaign 2010

Sep 18, 2006

DCCC Unveils Third Wave of Red to Blue Candidates and Slate of Emerging Races

DCCC Press

Sep 18, 2006

DCCC Unveils Third Wave of Red to Blue Candidates and Slate of Emerging Races

More Dynamic Candidates Join Red to Blue Program and DCCC’s List of Emerging Races

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee unveiled the third wave of Democratic congressional candidates that have qualified for the competitive DCCC Red to Blue fundraising program. These candidates join the other top Democratic candidates in the country already in the Red to Blue program. These latest additions join the nearly three dozen others who have successfully surpassed demanding fundraising goals and by skillfully and consistently showing the families in their districts that they will fight for them when elected to Congress. The Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications and strategic support.

The DCCC Emerging Races list is made up of candidates who have taken traditionally non-competitive districts and, through the strength of their campaigns, put themselves in a position to win in November. Red to Blue and Emerging candidates all represent the new direction that American voters are searching for and all have pledged to put the priorities of middle class families first when they get to Washington.

“With less than two months to go, the DCCC is excited to give our top candidates the necessary strategic and financial boost they will need to win in November,” said Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Americans are looking for new leadership and a new direction and these Democratic candidates will put middle-class families first when they get to Washington.”

Red to Blue was a proven success in 2004 and has already been a success in 2006. So far, Red to Blue has raised nearly $8.2 million for Democratic candidates across the country. In 2004, the Red to Blue program raised nearly $7.5 million for twenty seven campaigns across the country with an average of more than $250,000 per campaign. Red to Blue was also responsible for solidifying the structure of dozens of campaigns and making a real difference for Democrats across America.

About Red to Blue

The Red to Blue program is designed to provide financial and structural aid to the strongest Democratic candidates across the country. The program will introduce Democratic supporters to new, competitive campaigns in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns. This is the first time the DCCC’s Red to Blue program has been implemented this early in an election year.

The Red to Blue Program is co-chaired by two Democratic Members of Congress who will help the Red to Blue candidates in their campaigns. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) will provide assistance on many aspects of campaigning.

Another feature of the Red to Blue Program is the Mentoring Program which pairs candidates with Members of Congress to aid them in their campaigns and help them meet deadlines along the way. Through the Mentoring Program, headed by Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), candidates will receive help with fundraising and earning additional media coverage. Mentors will act as a liaison between campaigns and the DCCC and will also campaign in candidates’ districts.

The third wave of Red to Blue candidates will benefit eight Democratic challengers and the DCCC Emerging Races will benefit 15. Thirty-four campaigns across the country qualified to be a part of the first and second waves of Red to Blue.

Red to Blue Third Wave

Gabby Giffords (AZ-08)

Phil Hare (IL-17)

Paul Hodes (NH-02)

Steve Kagen (WI-08)

Dan Maffei (NY-25)

Angie Paccione (CO-04)

Betty Sutton (OH-13)

HI-02 Winner

Emerging Races

Charlie Brown (CA-04)

Jack Davis (NY-26)

Judy Feder (VA-10)

Peter Goldmark (WA-05)

Larry Kissell (NC-08)

Tim Mahoney (FL-16)

Eric Massa (NY-29)

Jerry McNerney (CA-11)

Dave Mejias (NY-03)

Maxine Moul (NE-01)

Dan Seals (IL-10)

Bob Shamansky (OH-12)

Ellen Simon (AZ-01)

Tim Walz (MN-01)

Victoria Wulsin (OH-02)

Red to Blue Second Wave

Mike Arcuri (NY-24)

Bruce Braley (IA-01)

Chris Carney (PA-10)

Joe Donnelly (IN-02)

Christine Jennings (FL-13)

Phil Kellam (VA-02)

Patrick Murphy (PA-08)

Joe Sestak (PA-07)

Zack Space (OH-18)

Linda Stender (NJ-07)

Mike Weaver (KY-02)

Patty Wetterling (MN-06)

Charlie Wilson (OH-06)

Red to Blue First Wave

Darcy Burner (WA-08)

Phyllis Busansky (FL-09)

Joe Courtney (CT-02)

John Cranley (OH-01)

Jill Derby (NV-02)

Tammy Duckworth (IL-06)

Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)

Diane Farrell (CT-04)

Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)

Tessa Hafen (NV-03)

Baron Hill (IN-09)

Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)

Ron Klein (FL-22)

Nick Lampson (TX-22)

Ken Lucas (KY-04)

Patsy Madrid (NM-01)

Harry Mitchell (AZ-05)

Chris Murphy (CT-05)

Lois Murphy (PA-06)

Heath Shuler (NC-11)

Peter Welch (VT-AL)