Braley Promotes Justice in Tampa

Posted December 1, 2009 at 11:00am

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Vice Chairman Bruce Braley (Iowa) is heading to Tampa on Saturday to raise cash for Florida state Sen. Charlie Justice (D), a highly touted recruit who has yet to live up to the hype when it comes to fundraising.

Braley will headline a $500 per person luncheon at a private home for Justice, who the DCCC hopes will flip a district that President Barack Obama won by five points in 2008.

For years, Democrats have believed that Rep. Bill Young (R) is close to retiring from his 10th district seat and this cycle the committee has targeted Young with early radio ads and recruited Justice to see if they could smoke the 20-term Congressman out. Young hasn’t made an official announcement about his plans for 2010 but Justice also hasn’t proven to be a major threat on the fundraising front.

Justice filed on April 24, raised $86,000 by the end of June and another $77,000 by Sept. 30. He ended September with $101,000 in the bank. Young had four times that amount.