“We’ve always done well in spite of that fact,” he said. “Our challenge is to make sure we have our incumbents raise enough to get their message out and secondly that our challengers raise enough to get their message out.”
While Frost still lags behind Sessions in the money game, he far outdid his fellow Frontline Democrats by raking in $689,000 for the quarter. Frost had $1.2 million on hand, the most of any threatened House Democrat, compared to Sessions with $1.9 million on hand. Stenholm, meanwhile, brought in $249,000 for the period and had $588,422 in the bank, compared with Neugebauer who collected $310,000 this quarter and had $727,000 in the bank.
Behind Frost, those threatened Democrats sitting on the biggest war chests were Darlene Hooley (Ore.) with just more than $1 million, Moore with $829,000 and Chet Edwards (Texas) with $816,000. Those with the least money in the bank were Reps. Lincoln Davis (Tenn.) with $290,000, Max Sandlin (Texas) with $374,852 and Michael Michaud (Maine) with $405,975.
The incumbents’ successful period comes amid concerns from some of them that House Democrats — through the DCCC “Frontline” program — aren’t doing enough to help their re-elections. Last month, some of the Frontline Democrats sat down to clear the air with Matsui and Robert Menendez (N.J.), who heads the effort.
Frontline is a campaign to encourage greater giving by Democratic donors and fellow House Members to the threatened incumbents.
The additional Frontline Democrats are Reps. Rodney Alexander (La.), Tim Bishop (N.Y.), Leonard Boswell (Iowa), Tim Holden (Pa.), Rick Larsen (Wash.), Nick Lampson (Texas), Jim Marshall (Ga.) and Earl Pomeroy (N.D.).