Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Campaign Reports: Kander Cruising

Back when Coffman had a disappointing October report, her supporters assured us that it was only because she hadn't gotten around to launching her campaign until after the quarter started. It sounded like a kind of lame excuse at the time, since she had a nice kick-off party co-hosted by a fellow lobbyist in that quarter, but I'm a generous guy and always willing to cut someone some slack.

Yesterday, the new quarterly reports were filed, and Coffman is reporting a surprisingly modest $10,015.00, which is actually a reduction from her shortened first quarter. By way of comparison, Jason Kander added another $14,235.50 to the $81,430.00 he had already raised. The result of all this is that Coffman now has $13,174.51 cash on hand, while Kander has $44,991.07, more than three times Coffman's amount.

Money isn't everything, but it certainly is something. For Jason Kander, it's a sign of strength and support.

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Anonymous SSideDem said...

Just say it. Jason Kander is kicking her ass.

She is too liberal for the district. And when it gets out that she has hired Beth Gottstein's assistant to be her campaign manager that will be that.

Congrats Representative Jason Kander

1/16/2008 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Mary Spence? She now has half as much money as Coffman. Looks like a three-way race to me.

1/16/2008 10:34 AM  
Anonymous SSideDem said...

Spence deserves a look because she is pro-voucher,which will be really popular up in that district where there are alot of common sense Democrats who are tired of paying tuition to keep their kids safe. I have a friend at Christ the King School who filled me in on her and Spense sounds like a real good second choice. But let's face it the women will steal votes from one another and neither of them have any real experience in politics. This is Jason's race before it even starts.

Kander is the real deal and could easily convert this victory into a platform to run against Cleaver very quickly and that is what I am looking forward to. The fifth district would benefit from a young and aggressive Congressman but first things first.

1/16/2008 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pro-voucher? I doubt that would actually play well here. Where is she on choice? stem cell? gay rights?

Is this going to be the liberals, Kander and Coffman, trying to fend off an R in D clothes?

If so, it looks like Spence would be your dream candidate, sside, if of course you weren't a Coffman affiliated pretender....

1/16/2008 11:21 AM  
Anonymous SSideDem said...

I would not take the grief I take from the politically correct crowd if I was not saying what I believe Anon. I get flamed on a regular bases but screw it. The idiots on KC Blue Blog are the worst. Just don't bother me when Lou Dobbs is on because that pisses me off. The rest is just noise. Good luck with your candidate.

1/16/2008 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth Gottstein's assistant is not her campaign manager and there is no such thing as "too liberal" for this district. There's too conservative (i.e. Klumb), but not too liberal (i.e. Justus).

Money doesn't buy votes in the 44th (Klumb had more money), but lots of liberal friends will get you elected (Justus had more votes). Let's see who the liberals are who gave to Amy:

Richard Martin (ran Claire's campaign)
Stem Cell folks (they come ready to play ball)
Julie Gibson (Holden's campaign)
Scott Lakin (former rep up North)
Jolie Justus ($325 from the senator)
Judy Baker (state rep.)
Dale Youngs (CCP president)
Teresa Garza (county legislator and husband works for Cleaver)
Rhonda Burnett (husband is county
Beth Low (widely popular state rep.)

1/16/2008 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$25 donations don't mean much. Don't get excited by those names - she has more people from Alaska than she does good democrats on her list.

1/16/2008 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kander challenging Cleaver for the 5th? What a joke! That is the exact reason why so many people don't care for the Kanders or their brand of ambition.

First off, Cleaver is there until he decides to leave. Go ask Metzl, who spent a million dollars, how that primary worked out, oh yeah his career is over in KC.

Second there are already many young elected pols in KC who are making a difference. Low, Talboy, Justus, Holsman, Hughes are all under 35 and any of them would do a good job for the 5th. Not to mention the older gaurd like Sanders or numerous city council folks who could challenge for the seat.

One thing is for sure, it will not be Kander. His supporters should worry about the task at hand, because I have met both candidates and what Amy lacks in money she more than makes up in likeability.

1/16/2008 4:18 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous 4:18-

Nobody is suggesting Kander for Cleaver's seat. SSideDem speaks for himself only. He's a troll.

1/16/2008 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is more than a little early to talk about the race to replace Cleaver (who has been a great congressman), but the smart money is on Jason Holsman. This guy is right on the issues, has shown tremendous leadership in the Missouri House, and has work ethic beyond compare. Last session, as a FRESHMAN representative in the MINORITY party, Holsman sponsored and got signed into law critical alternative energy legislation. His bill will create jobs and will put us on a path to energy independence. Holsman's bill was one of the few accomplishments that Democrats could claim in last year's session.

Again, it is premature to discuss the 5th, but Holsman is the right person for the job when the time comes.

1/16/2008 5:42 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Point of Clarification:

Beth Gottstein's assistant is NOT managing Coffman's campaign, despite what SSideDem said. As a rule, you're always better off to ignore those posts . . .

1/16/2008 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To avoid the tag of uber-ambitious, arrogant opportunist, Kander should pledge not to run for the 5th. Kander, ready to make that pledge?

1/16/2008 5:44 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Go play your silly games by yourself, anonymous 5:44.

BTW, Anonymous 2:38, did you happen to notice that Jolie Justus also gave to Jason? Perhaps it did not stand out as much in Jason's report - Jason's is a lot longer. And she's just one of the hundreds of liberal friends who have given to Jason.

I admire the attempt to spin, but don't you really wish that Coffman hadn't had such a weak quarter, and that she could get more people to donate to her cause?

1/16/2008 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You bet - everyone wants thier person to raise more money. The BIG point is that Dan Ryan supported Jolie Justus. Jolie didn't have the money, she had the grass roots. Jolie won because she added more people to her list of supporters than the other Democrats.

Jason is not evil, neither is Amy. Let's praise the fact that we have several good democrats. Let us spend our time attacking Republicans - they don't like Amy or Jason.

We spend our energy electing a D to the D seat. R's spend thier energy electing an R to a D seat. Let's work together.

Anon 3:38

p.s. - we can agree ssidedem is = to the other ss we recall from German history.

1/16/2008 7:31 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Anonymous 3:38 and 7:31 -

If you keep talking sense like that, I'm going to have to change my opinion of anonymous commenters.

Seriously, I agree 1000% with you - that's why I've not said anything bad about Amy (or Spence). As far as I can tell, she's a perfectly good democrat who I hope I get to work with on future campaigns.

The fact that I and others think that Jason is the better candidate in this race doesn't mean that either one is evil.

1/16/2008 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all sound like a bunch of winey Republican Homophobes. Get a life and you won't have to sit in your Mom's basement typing about things you only wish you had the guts to do. I want someone that is going to get things done; and all you can worry about is the money.

1/17/2008 8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want an idea as to where Mary Spence stands on particular issues, perhaps it would help to check out her website before labeling her as "an R in D clothes".

Let me help you out...

1/17/2008 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now I'll help YOU out...

This is how you make a link:

1/17/2008 10:41 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

Mary Spence?

I'll vouch(er) for her.

1/18/2008 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took the time to check out Mary Spence's website. Virtually everything on this blog about her was wrong. Spence appears to be the most progressive in the race.

1/19/2008 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's set the record straight. Mary Spence is NOT in favor of vouchers! Check out her website at if you don't believe me!

2/13/2008 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the Mary Spence site look so much like Amy Coffmans? I mean the colors are different...but she even has the letter with the signature on the front page....that's weird.

2/23/2008 12:54 PM  
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