Van Hollen Attacks Report, Asserts DCCC Commitment to Campaigns

Posted September 5, 2010 at 10:41pm

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) sharply contested a New York Times article, saying Sunday that it “erroneously suggests that the DCCC has decided not to allocate resources to specific campaigns.”

The article, published Saturday, describes “a brutal triage” within the party as it reallocates campaign funds ahead of the midterm elections. “Democrats acknowledged that several races could quickly move out of their reach,” the Times reported, naming the re-election campaigns of Reps. Betsy Markey (Colo.), Tom Perriello (Va.), Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio) and Frank Kratovil (Md.). It also implied that Reps. John Spratt (S.C.) and Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) could risk losing party backing.

Democrats are poised to redirect money to incumbents who appear to be in the strongest positions in order to protect the party’s control of the House, the Times reported.

Van Hollen emphasized the DCCC’s commitment to the campaigns named in the article. “The DCCC is heavily invested in these campaigns,” he said in a statement Sunday. “In each campaign mentioned, the DCCC has provided and continues to provide support for field operations and other key campaign activities.”

But the statement conceded the limitations on the party’s resources. “Every campaign cycle the DCCC and other campaign committees face difficult resource allocation decisions and this election cycle is no different,” the statement said.