Posted: 08/20/08 04:23, Edited: 07/03/13 13:45
by Dave Mindeman
In Minnesota's 3rd Congressional District, Ashwin Madia has been outperforming expectations on all fronts. An Iraqi War veteran with a strong message and compelling biography, he has been just what the doctor ordered for a competitive open seat.
Last month, MPR had a great article about how the Indian-American community has rallied around Madia's candidacy. He doesn't dwell on his heritage or run away from it either. But the generosity of this ethic group has given the Madia campaign a head start on competing for this Congressional seat.
But he needs more.
One of the biggest obstacles for Democratic candidates in the remaining Republican seats has been fundraising. The networks have been slow to build and quite frankly, in places like the 2nd and 3rd Districts, there had been a lot of discouragement because of the long track record of losing.
But the current opportunity in both districts requires a small "leap of faith" that this will be different. Madia's ability to keep up with Erik Paulsen's fundraising has been both a surprise and a source of optimism that hasn't been seen in the 3rd for, well, decades.
Today is another one of those deadline days. A day to send a message that Minnesota Democrats support the hard work and efforts of a strong campaign and a strong candidate.
Break that Republican lock in the 3rd..... give generously.
Got to ACT BLUE now.