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March 23, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor

An article in today's Washington Post (3/14/18) notes that Republicans managed to squander a 20-point lead provided them courtesy of Donald Trump's 2016 win in Pennsylvania's 18 Congressional District. The Republican Party's head of congressional campaigns, Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) is quoted: "This is a wake-up call. If you're getting outraised, this is a wake-up call. Prepare to bear down." In a later quote, he added "and outspent" to his assessment.

Too much Kool-Aid, Rep. Stivers. The facts have been well-known throughout the campaign - Republicans outraised and outspent Democrats by a 5-to-1 ratio. Over $10 million was poured into the race by that party during this high-profile campaign; compared to Democrats' 20 percent of that. Even two appearances by Donald Trump and his son plus numerous tweets failed to stanch the Red-to-Blue flow.

In PA-18, Republicans were neither outraised nor outspent. Republicans were beaten badly on the face of their arguments and a better candidate. It didn't matter whether Conor Lamb or Rick Saccone was actually seated in the US House of Representatives, facts are facts, and Republicans were righteously scared.

Whatever else this proves, it's impossible to miss the point that voters have conceptually rejected the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United argument, that money equates to speech, and, just as importantly, rejected the flow of political blather brought by repeated visits by the contents of Air Force One. The majority appear to have voted in their own self-interest for a change, in favor of superior qualifications, ideas, and leadership.

David C. Fetzer




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