UPDATE Attorney General Race 2006
TO: FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS OF CHUCK POOCHIGIAN
FROM: KEN KHACHIGIAN, CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST
A CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Campaign finance reports covering the past six months were made public last week. Because of committed friends and supporters like you, Chuck’s campaign slightly exceeded its goal of having $2 million in the bank in preparation for next year’s very challenging election.
Sure, that goal was ambitious, but with a general election campaign that could cost upwards of $12 million, we could not spare any effort in building a war chest. Due to hard work by Chuck, his campaign staff, and folks like you, we achieved the first critical benchmark in the campaign.
In fact, some of the reporters covering the race were surprised. The Oakland Tribune – in Jerry Brown’s backyard – conceded that Senator Poochigian “has shown he’s no slouch in the money department either.” Several papers noted that Chuck’s campaign actually raised more than Brown in the past six months. On the other hand, L.A. City Attorney, Rockard Delgadillo, also raised more than Brown in that period, making clear that he will be running an aggressive, well-funded campaign.
The good news is that Brown and Delgadillo have already begun to take pot shots at one another. Brown accused his opponent of being AWOL on last fall’s initiative to weaken the Three Strikes law, and Delgadillo claims Brown represents the past while he represents the future.
Delgadillo is very likely to bring up some of Brown’s liabilities like his proposal to make Jesse Jackson his vice-presidential running mate in 1992 or the fact that Brown hasn’t won a statewide general election in 27 years. And Brown will surely point out that Delgadillo’s knowledge of statewide issues is slim to none.
In the meantime, we have a continuing challenge – and that is to marshal our financial resources so that Chuck will be fully funded when the primary campaigns end. It is critically important that we move aggressively forward to meet the goal of having $6 million on hand when the general election begins. That will give Chuck enormous momentum towards victory next November.
Make no mistake, this will be a tough campaign. But we have the superior candidate, the more disciplined, skilled and motivated campaign team, and issues that resonate directly with voters who want a tough, fair, common sense Attorney General to enforce the law.
Do you wonder how you can help? Start by sending this memo to your entire email list or make copies to hand out. Ask all of your friends to go to our website, POOCHIGIAN4AG.COM to sign up as supporters and volunteers. We will need to double and re-double our efforts at building financial strength and grass roots support across California. Every contribution, no matter how small or large, will put Senator Poochigian that much closer to being California’s next Attorney General.
Thanks so much for your continued support and encouragement.