Joe Arwood, U.S. Senate candidate, has $7,000, no chance

Categories: Amy Klobuchar
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Joe Arwood has enough money to buy an old Honda or a new suit.
Joe Arwood is a Republican candidate for Amy Klobuchar's U.S. Senate seat. To describe Arwood as a potential "dark horse" candidate is an insult to both darkness and horses. At this point, it's safe to think of Arwood as a no-hoper.

That's more or less confirmed in Arwood's fundraising numbers, which he has released on his website in some bizarre form of protest.

Somehow, Arwood has convinced a few people to give him money, and he's now sitting on more than $7,000 in the bank. That means he's only about $3,993,000 behind Amy Klobuchar.

So, yes, Klobuchar has a slight fundraising edge, but at this point, it's really too close to call.

Arwood's announcement, as posted on his (very fancy!) campaign website came with an odd message of frustration that the FEC hadn't already posted his third-quarter fundraising report.

"For unknown reasons," the message reads, "as of 8:00 AM Wednesday October 19th, the FEC website does not reflect the most-recent reporting data for Minnesota Senate candidates."

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Amy Klobuchar has $4 million, which she obviously did not earn with that poor shooting form.
So, instead of the lazy, do-nothing bureaucrats at the FEC exposing Arwood's embarrassing lack of cash-flow, Arwood has chosen to expose his own shortcoming. (Wait, that didn't come out right.) Why Arwood was so eager to get this information to the public is unclear.

According to Arwood's posting, he raised $10,534 between the late-August announcement of his candidacy and September 30, the third-quarter fundraising deadline. Arwood's campaigning on the cheap, and spent $3,356 of his bank account. That leaves him with more than $7,000.

Oh, man, Joe. With that kind of money, you could get a used car, or a really, really nice suit. But you probably cannot get a U.S. Senate seat -- especially not against a popular incumbent like Amy Klobuchar, and especially not if said popular incumbent has, let's say, $4 million in her campaign fund.

That's the number Klobuchar's campaign gave to Minnesota Public Radio last Friday, announcing that she'd raised around $1 million -- or 100 times as much as Arwood's total -- during the third quarter of 2011.

Arwood, a sitting city councilman for St. Bonaficious, explained in his own release that he had other things on his mind during the third quarter.

"Since announcing my Senate bid in late August, fundraising has not been my primary focus," Arwood wrote. "The resources and energies of my campaign have been focused upon directly engaging the concerns of the men, women and families of Minnesota."

Well, Joe, apparently now you know what the men, women and families of Minnesota are really interested in: Giving all of their money to Amy Klobuchar's campaign.

Perhaps Arwood can spend the fourth quarter of 2011 focusing on what he'll do after November 6, 2012.


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IBNNNEWS
IBNNNEWS

Liberal mainstream media strikes again for the political plantation of the DFL.

green23
green23

Results from PPP (6/2/11):

"61% of voters approve of the job Klobuchar's doing to 28% who disapprove. Her support from Democrats is pretty much unanimous (88/6), she has an unusual level of crossover popularity with Republicans (28% approval), and her numbers with independents are stellar at 62/27."

"Klobuchar leads Barden and Thompson by 27 points each at 57-30 and 55-28 respectively and has a 28 point advantage over Severson at 56-28. In each of those match ups Klobuchar leads by around 30 points with independents and picks up about 10% of the Republican vote while losing only 1% of the Democratic vote."

With numbers like those, the money issue is not that important.

The same poll also showed that only 33% Minnesotans have a favourable opinion of Bachmann, with 59% having an unfavourable opinion of her. In a hypothetical match-up with Klobuchar, Bachmann would lose by 20 points (57-37).

"Will of The People", indeed.

green23
green23

Let's not forget the other Republican up for Klobuchar's seat: Dan Severson.

He lost to Ritchie in a Republican wave election year, despite having the total backing of the evangelical Religious Right. From the MN Independent:

"Republican challenger Dan Severson took in $35,700 and the campaign has a $6,300 debt on the books. He has $27,800 cash on hand."

Severson sounds like he's more of a 'threat' than Arwood, except that Severson committed the ultimate Republican sin: he lost an election. Arwood is more of a 'fiscal conservative', while Severson is a pawn of the Religious Right.

Maybe the MN GOP will help these guys out. No, they're broke, too. Still, they could run up some more debt and screw even more small business 'job creators' when they refuse to pay their bills. Maybe Arwood would approve of that, because he's all about 'accountability'.

Which bozo will win the chance to be cast as the 'biggest loser', and thus be discarded from all future MN GOP consideration? Which one will get to join the ranks of Mark Kennedy, Rudy Boschwitz, Coleman, and Emmer and be branded as an outcast loser reviled by the MN GOP? One has Jesus as his co-pilot (and can't seem to take off), the other needs a Constitutional amendment to do his job for him. Stay tuned.

Shaun
Shaun

I posted in the wrong spot, I see.  I am interested in Mark's opinion that Amy Klobuchar has embarrased the state of MN.  In what specific way(s) has she done this?

Nate Brennan
Nate Brennan

"The resources and energies of my campaign have been focused upon directly engaging the concerns of the men, women and families of Minnesota..."

"...and personally commenting on silly articles about me (to further explain why we should vote for Amy Klobuchar?)."

Joe
Joe

If Mr. Mullen had read the entire press release he would have noted that we stated very clearly why we were releasing this information. "    Over that past 10 days or so, I have received numerous requests for the Federal Election Commission reports." Those requests have come from various news outlets. Had we not released the information your story would have been ripping on me for not releasing and trying to hide from the numbers. You are correct we are behind Amy by several million dollars. Truth be told, we should be. She is a sitting U.S. Senator with a large base of support.

Joe Arwood

green23
green23

Well, according to one of our resident wingnuts, MN Voter, Amy Klobuchar's job is to set the price of gas nationwide. It's her fault when gas prices go up. And when they go down, that's a defeat for Klobuchar, exemplifying her powerless position.See, she has staggering power and a complete lack of power at the same time. Kind of like how Obama is simultaneously an omnipotent, ruthless dictator *and* a toothless incompetent who 'leads from behind'.

PPP shows Klobuchar as one of the most popular Senators in the entire country. Yet, this is impossible, because the Tea Party represents the 'Will of The People' - all 18% of it.

It's not *supposed* to make sense - it's a Republican narrative. In order for the magical thinking to work, you must suspend disbelief completely. Failure to applaud strenuously on cue is treason. But this is completely different than when criticising a sitting President was treason five years ago. I'm not sure why. Ask Arwood.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

And my reply ended up in the wrong spot, which is easy to do since this page's template doesn't give you a reply option to a reply.

bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

I would say with her inaction on so many issues that we the people voted her into office for.  GLBT rights, she has been mostly silent or very slow to react.  She introduces legislation that is shortsighted and ineffective, very unimpressive in my eyes.  Mark might have some other opinions but that's what I see.

Joe
Joe

Not wasting any energy right now I have a couple of down hours right now.

Shaun
Shaun

Isn't US Senate a big leap for a city councilperson from St. Bonafacius?

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

In her first year in the Senate, Klobuchar didn't do anything embarrassing mostly because she didn't do much of anything, not having her staffing act together. Since then she has been voted the "funniest" Senator which, last I checked, was a far cry from being the most effective member of the Senate.

She literally cowers when an opportunity to lead presents itself, and is consistently one of the last Senators to take a position on any given major issue. She helped shovel federal dollars to Gov. Bridgefail so he could hire an out-of-state construction firm to rebuild the I-35 bridge (didn't think to attach any strings, apparently). Since taking office her anti-trade agreement position has softened (and softened and softened). She has voted to erode our 4th Amendment protections by voting for the notorious Protect America Act.

I would encourage you to read her Wikipedia page. Good luck finding her legislative achievements. She was one of eleven new Senators elected in 2006, and has (imho) proven to be the least successful member of her class which includes Bernie Sanders, Sherrod Brown, Jim Webb, Claire McCaskill, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jon Tester.

Shaun
Shaun

How so, Mark?  What has she specifically done that has embarrased Minnesota?

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

No more so than a barely competent prosecutor who sparked a labor revolt in her office was. Arwood doesn't have a prayer, but I for one wish Klobuchar would have to face meaningful DFL primary opposition. Her performance in office has been mediocre at best, and embarrassing at times.

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