This year, Republicans would love to see a strong Democrat split the vote with King, maybe even enough to hand the seat to the eventual GOP nominee. They begin their efforts, tongues firmly planted in cheek, by offering Dill some fundraising advice
to kickstart her campaign.
"[A]s you move forward with your campaign, I'm sure you will often hear the complaint that there is too much partisanship in Washington. Our candidates hear this as well," NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer
writes in a memo that will go public today. "So in the spirit of bipartisanship, we wanted to share fundraising information that has been useful for other Democratic Senate candidates as well."
"Given that virtually every Democratic Senator in Washington has touted their "year of the woman" narrative, we cannot imagine a scenario where they will not be helpful to your campaign," Jesmer writes.
Sen. Barbara Boxer
is a good start: She's given a total of $35,000 to Hirono, Berkley, Baldwin, Warren and former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp
. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
has shelled out $45,000 to those five candidates. Sen. Chuck Schumer
has written $10,000 checks to Heitkamp, Baldwin, Hirono and Berkley.
"The above dollar amounts are a mere sampling of what's out there in terms of leadership money that's available. Certainly these Senators and their PACS will be as helpful to you as they have been to the other Democratic female candidates running for Senate in this the 'Year of the Woman,'" Jesmer says. "Should Sen. Boxer, Leader Reid, Sen. [Kirsten
, Sen. Schumer and other Democrats not be as accommodating as you expect, do not hesitate to contact the NRSC for a further outline of other individuals who have donated to these budding campaigns."
Most of the memos that come out of the NRSC and the DSCC are rehearsals of familiar partisan talking points. But every now and then, one side finds its funny bone.
And Dill herself has a sense of humor. After NRSC communications director Brian Walsh
retweeted a Dill petition calling on King to reveal which side he would caucus with, Dill responded
: "did you sign the petition? I know you want to know..."
We're sure Jesmer looks forward to Dill's candidacy -- though probably not with the sincere bipartisanship he tries to express.