The other day, we mentioned 4th CD GOP chairman John Kysylyczyn’s canceling of the only meeting scheduled for the district’s full committee before the election. Under district rules, the full committee is the only body that can authorize the district to donate the second half of the district’s customary $10,000 donation to its endorsed candidate, Tony Hernandez.
The committee did, in fact, vote last May to donate the first $5,000 installment to Hernandez.
The vote on the donation passed…:
VC6 Brown : Yea
VC5 Mueller: Yea
VC4 Windsor: Nay
VC3 Taylor: Yea
VC2 Grinols: Yea
VC1 Williams: Yea
State Exec VC Regnier: Yea
Secretary Overlander: Yea
Deputy Chair Boguszewski: Yea
Chair Kysylyczyn: Nay
So back when the district did, in fact, vote on donating money to Hernandez, Kysylyczyn voted no.
He had a reason, of course:
Chair Kysylyczyn: While I supported the donation of $5000 to the Hernandez campaign, I vote NO on the motion before the committee because I support the idea proposed by Mr. Boguszewski of disbursing funds through a matching funds donation process as he has done in his BPOU for their endorsed candidates. A portion of the funds would be provided up front, and the balance provided on a one to one match with private dollars, up to a $5000 cap. Calculations for the matching funds process would start the day the candidate was endorsed. It is my hope that a matching funds policy can be adopted in the future.
The point of making your district donations a “match” is to provide an incentive for the candidates to work hard at fundraising. It works just fine when you’re a BPOU trying to get a new, or recalcitrant, candidate to raise funds on a somewhat level playing field.
When fighting for a Congressional seat in a district that hasn’t sent a Republican to Washington in 65 years, with a party unit that can be fairly said to be “rebuilding”, and where Betty McCollum will have a million dollars coming right out of the gate? While I get the idea, it seems at best to be just a little overelaborate over $5,000.
So what does it say to future candidates? “We’ve just endorsed you to spend the next seven months of your life working pretty close to full time, putting your job, family and real life on the sideline to take a run at one of the most difficult assignments anywhere in American politics, running as a Republican in CD4 against an incumbent candidate who sleeps on a king-size bed made of union money and will, if you are lucky, only outspend you 20-1. So here’s a few hoops you gotta jump through. Oh, you’re welcome!”
Of course, that was then – in May. Now, there’s the little matter of getting another meeting called to get the second $5K installment voted on.