With control of Congress at stake, the Democratic Party's national campaign committees for the House and Senate have reportedly been engineering a "triage" strategy to funnel campaign cash to incumbents who have a decent shot but cut the lifeline to those who are struggling.
In Indiana, Democrat Brad Ellsworth is not getting help from national Democrats, but he insists that the campaign is doing fine despite pulling its campaign ads off the air, for now:
"I don't worry about that stuff," Ellsworth told the AP after a union rally on the east side of Indianapolis.
And, as WISH-TV's Jim Shella reports, Southern Indiana Congressman Baron Hill is also losing Democratic Party support, with two weeks of October ads canceled.
The [House Democrat] committee's independent expenditure wing has cancelled their advertising buys in the [Indiana’s] 9th District for 2 weeks in mid-October. But the coordinated side, which is not allowed to discuss strategy with their independent expenditure counterpart, believes Hill is still deserving of spending.
The IE's decision is a significant blow to Hill's chances. While the independent expenditure side can spend unlimited amounts, the coordinated side of the DCCC can spend about $87K, according to FEC rules.
"The reality is that they're doing it, we believe, because Hill's campaign hasn't gotten the kind of traction they'd like to see," Indiana GOP Chairman Murray Clark said. "And his over-the-top negativity in his approach and his campaign and his advertising just is not getting him anywhere in the 9th District."
Democrats say Hotline only got part of the story. State Democratic Chairman Dan Parker says that Hill's re-election bid is still a priority even as Washington Democrats re-allocate resources in the effort to maintain control of Congress.
"I think that you'll be seeing the state party step up their efforts in support of Baron," Parker said.
At the moment, Democrats say, Hill is receiving more national party support than Young is. The Hill campaign is directing reporters to another Washington report — this one in the National Journal — that says his chances of re-election have improved recently.