As the Republican National Committee Chair, one of the most important jobs is to raise money for the party. And new Chair, Michael Steele, has done just that having a better February than his Democrat party counterpart, Virginia governor Tim Kaine.
According to numbers released today, Mr. Steele did almost a two-to-one better job in the fundraising front. The RNC raised $5,500,000 compared to the DNC raising $3,260,000 in February. Of course the linked article makes an excuse that Gov. Kaine could not be actively involved in fundraising due to having to wait until the Virginia general assembly adjourned. It says that Gov. Kaine is a "part-time" chair. Right.
Another bit of great news is that the RNC has $24,000,000 in the bank and no debt. The DNC has $8,600,000 on hand. But the same DNC is $7,000,000 in debt. Kind of like the way the Democrat politicians are running the United States at this moment.
While there are only two major elections this year, for governors of New Jersey and Virginia, the fact that the RNC has a lot of money in the bank and is out raising the DNC is a good sign.
Of course, most important is how the money is used and if it leads to election victories. And the news looks good on that front as well.
A big test will come on March 31 as voters in New York state in the 20th congressional district will go to the polls to elect now Sen. Kristin Gillebrand's successor. Most polls show the Republican candidate, Jim Tedisco, ahead of his Democrat opponent, Scott Murphy. But the polls have tightened and it may end up being a closer than necessary race in what had been a reliable Republican district. I noted earlier that a loss for the Republicans should not cost Mr. Steele his job in the least. But it would be a bad start considering that public opinion is, ever so slightly, beginning to turn on President Obama, the Democrat party and their overall agenda.
So far in what counts, money, Michael Steele is doing quite well and some Republican wins in these off-year elections will be a great indicator of the voters mood come the mid-term elections in 2010.