Surprise: GOP challenger outraises Maurice Hinchey in NY-22 race

posted at 7:00 pm on April 21, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Not that Ithaca Journal readers would know it from the reporting.  They sniff at the notion that the GOP might make a concerted effort to push Maurice Hinchey out of Congress, then neglect to point out the rather troubling development for an incumbent of having a challenger surpass him in fundraising in an election year:

Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, meanwhile, is not a major GOP target in the 22nd Congressional District covering Ithaca and Binghamton and stretching east to Poughkeepsie on the other side of the Hudson River.

Yes, yes, nothing to see here, just move along. Or — perhaps there is, although one has to go past the jump to the final three paragraphs of the article to discover it:

In the 22nd District race, Hinchey likely will face Republican George Phillips in the November election. Phillips captured only 34 percent of the vote in his 2008 race against Hinchey.

Phillips raised $83,018 last quarter and $155,952 so far this cycle. Phillips had $77,291 remaining on March 31.

Hinchey raised $69,865 in the first three months of this year and has raised a total $344,112 so far in the 2009-2010 cycle. His campaign had $145,010 remaining on March 31

In other words, Phillips managed to raise over $13,000 more than Hinchey in the first quarter. Hinchey still has a lead in on-hand cash, but Hinchey also has a higher burn rate. While Phillips has roughly half of the funds he’s raised still in the bank, Hinchey has just 42%. One might wonder where the money has gone.

It certainly hasn’t gone into improving his image. A local TV station in Binghamton took more of an interest in the story, and of a poll showing Hinchey as vulnerable in this cycle:

The FEC recently released their campaign finance report for the first quarter of 2010. George Phillips, candidate for Congress in New York’s 22nd congressional district reported an increase in campaign cash on hand of more than $50,000 bringing his total to $77,290. During that same period, Congressman Maurice Hinchey improved his cash on hand total by roughly $15,000 for a total of $145,010. This significantly closes the gap between the two campaigns as compared to the Dec 2009 filing. …

The campaign finance reports came out shortly after a study by Wilson Research Strategies revealed that only 35% of district voters were committed to sending Maurice Hinchey back to Congress for another term, while the rest would either be willing to consider another candidate or would definitely vote against Mr. Hinchey. While the study found that Phillips’ name recognition was still relatively low, as might be expected this early in the campaign, among those who said they were familiar with both Hinchey and Phillips, the challenger led the incumbent by a 42-41 margin.

If, as the Ithaca Journal reports, Republicans haven’t taken an interest in NY-22, they will shortly. Voters already look to have taken an interest in Anyone But Hinchey, and as they learn about Phillips, that will only escalate.


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I live in Ithaca and had NO IDEA!

Guess who’s about to become amazingly involved in this campaign. I have spare time, and a little spare money. If Republicans can win in Ithaca (left of Berkley) we can win anywhere.

I’m in the fight.

Troika37 on April 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Come on baby!!

blatantblue on April 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Go Troika37, you can keep us all updated as well as bring us up to speed on his politics. I am all for any Dem to be put out to pasture this cycle.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:06 PM

ditto

cmsinaz on April 21, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Left of Berkley???

There’s no such place.

BigWyo on April 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

OT: Anyone checked out Drudge in the last half hour? Obama’s on board with the VAT.

Doughboy on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Don’t tell Obama about this, or he will be spending the taxpayer Stimulus Funds.

mobydutch on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Already registered to knock on doors, make phone calls and host a yard sign.

I’ve always lived in places where my vote was irrelevant. As a conservative trapped in a blue state – and the bluest of the blue cities – I’m excited to help get a Dem relieved.

Troika37 on April 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Hey, Ed. Working OT? Where is AP?

As bluemarlin said, I am all for ANY Dem being put to pasture. Unplug pelosi!

lukespapa on April 21, 2010 at 7:12 PM

No p in “Binghamton,” Ed. :)

/nydweeb

Red Cloud on April 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

BigWyo on April 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

I’m telling you, it’s INSANE here. Ten square miles surrounded by reality.

Troika37 on April 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Hinchey is among the worst rats in congress. He is immoral, unethical and untruthful. He needs to go.

I am supporting Phillips and he has ten votes in my family – even the lone democrat!

StuckinliberalNY on April 21, 2010 at 7:14 PM

Here’s a GOp candidate for the NC-2

http://reneeforcongress.com/

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

OT: Anyone checked out Drudge in the last half hour? Obama’s on board with the VAT.

Doughboy on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

He promised not to do it yesterday and everyone knows his promises have expiration date, however not usually 24 hours later

ConservativePartyNow on April 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Left of Berkley???

There’s no such place.

BigWyo on April 21, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Oh… then you’ve never been to Ithaca…

MeatHeadinCA on April 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

OT: Anyone checked out Drudge in the last half hour? Obama’s on board with the VAT.

Doughboy on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

just saw it….here we go again

cmsinaz on April 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM

OT: Anyone checked out Drudge in the last half hour? Obama’s on board with the VAT.

Doughboy on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

thank you Lord for making your enemies reveal themselves before Nov.

I’m starting to see a bigger battle being waged.

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM

OT: Bambi loves him some VAT. It is “on the table”. Thanks Bambi for lying just 48 hours ago. Vile filth. I hope we crush them so badly in November the Dems go the way of the Whigs.

andy85719 on April 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Don’t tell Obama about this, or he will be spending the taxpayer Stimulus Funds.

mobydutch on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Please tell Obama, maybe he will go campaign for him.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Knucklehead on April 21, 2010 at 7:23 PM

It would be a huge upset, hopefully the Democrats will keep splitting the vote. If I remember they were hurting each other.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

It would be a huge upset, hopefully the Democrats will keep splitting the vote. If I remember they were hurting each other.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:27 PM

I think there will be an “intervention”.

the_nile on April 21, 2010 at 7:29 PM

My prediction 2010 election will shake the very foundation of liberalism in this country. there will be such a backlash that liberals will cease to become a threat for 40 years.

the forces of freedom are on the march and they will not be stopped buy some Al Capone wantabe

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:29 PM

another piece of the puzzle:

New Jersey voters took a stand on school spending and property taxes Tuesday, rejecting 260 of 479 school budgets across 19 counties, according to unofficial results in statewide school elections.

In many districts Tuesday, the governor made himself heard as 54 percent of the spending plans were rejected, according to unofficial returns. If the trend continues, it would mark the most budget defeats in New Jersey since 1976, when 56 percent failed. Typically, voters approve more than 70 percent of the school budgets.

Voter turnout was also high in elections that typically draw little interest. In Sparta, where turnout rivaled some presidential elections, the budget was defeated by roughly a 3-to-1 margin. Sparta teachers agreed to a one-year wage freeze late last week, but the budget still called for a nearly 10 percent tax increase for residents in the Sussex County community.
http://jammiewearingfool.blogspot.com/2010/04/earthquake-in-new-jersey-majority-of.html

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Here’s a GOp candidate for the NC-2

http://reneeforcongress.com/

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I am convinced women (with the exception of the Dingbat Twins) will be the salvation of the GOP. Sarah, Michele, Marsha Blackburn and a dozen others.

bw222 on April 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Blood. Bath.

Watch out for the lame duck session.

jukin on April 21, 2010 at 7:34 PM

and hey, our Republican frontrunner for a primary raised more last qtr than both of those candidates. And he was in the General Assembly the whole time! so maybe we have a chance here in 5th CD Va where the freshman incumbent Dem is getting literally all his money from the unions.

and mind you, Virginia is a right-to-work state.

many Republicans are imperfect, but we have to get the Dems out.

kelley in virginia on April 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Oh… then you’ve never been to Ithaca…

MeatHeadinCA on April 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

I’m telling you, it’s INSANE here. Ten square miles surrounded by reality.

Troika37 on April 21, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Ok..Ok…I have never been to Ithaca, but that’s a purty bold statement.

I do have an old Navy buddy that lives upstate…up by Rochester. I’ll have to ask him what the score is concerning Ithaca.

Didn’t the have a gun factory there at one time???

BigWyo on April 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I certainly hope he can keep them listening in NJ and show the rest of the country a thing a two. Maybe our new saying could end up being , as NJ goes, so goes the rest of the country.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I am convinced women (with the exception of the Dingbat Twins) will be the salvation of the GOP. Sarah, Michele, Marsha Blackburn and a dozen others.

bw222 on April 21, 2010 at 7:31 PM

Yes it is our only chance now. The MSM and the DNC have emasculated our party’s s males to the point of them being girly men. The GOP women must stand strong and they must “stand athwart history and yell stop”

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Ok..Ok…I have never been to Ithaca, but that’s a purty bold statement.

I do have an old Navy buddy that lives upstate…up by Rochester. I’ll have to ask him what the score is concerning Ithaca.

Didn’t the have a gun factory there at one time???

BigWyo on April 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

The jokes/truth/stories/myths are something along the lines of the following:

Some Psych Wards got closed down… and they let all of the patients loose in Ithaca… Although a pretty area, there are some real wackadoodles there … very depressing place.

Now Binghamton isn’t so wacky…

MeatHeadinCA on April 21, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Yes it is our only chance now. The MSM and the DNC have emasculated our party’s s males to the point of them being girly men. The GOP women must stand strong and they must “stand athwart history and yell stop”

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

They are making a good start so far, I am a fan.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I certainly hope he can keep them listening in NJ and show the rest of the country a thing a two. Maybe our new saying could end up being , as NJ goes, so goes the rest of the country.

bluemarlin on April 21, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Agreed. there are very few govenors with the balls to do ewhat he is doing. Arnold had the oppurtunity but he failed and become a girly socialist man. The NM govenor from what little research I did on him seems to be another. Then there is Palin who also cut the state budget. there are not many others that I know of that has cut spending.

I would love to see a Palin/christie ticket.

It would place the Northeast in play ( the only section of the country that Palin could have major issues in) esp after we have the dicussion of the VAT in Congress over the next several months.

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM

Hinchey ?
Oh THIS Hinchey ..

macncheez on April 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I predict that the November elections in 2010 will see some of the most corrupt, vile, fraud filled, media lying, ‘Surplus’ funded, under handed, criminal tactics, and violence by the Democrats that this country has ever seen…

… and that is just for the School Board.

Congressional elections should be a little worse.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:30 PM

I am inclined to agree with you. I don’t think the polls are able to measure the anger and distrust that Obama promotes by just being there. I remember 94 and the gains Republicans made. No seemed to be predicting the landslide of that year. I don’t remeber people talking about it that much either, but it was big and intimidating.
I just have a feeling that this time it is going to be huge. Bigger than anyone ever dreamed. The more the Dems beat us down by following Obama the worse it is going to be for them. They act as if it is nothing and that just encourages more money and votes for the opposition.

BetseyRoss on April 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM

OT: Anyone checked out Drudge in the last half hour? Obama’s on board with the VAT.

Doughboy on April 21, 2010 at 7:11 PM

He promised not to do it yesterday and everyone knows his promises have expiration date, however not usually 24 hours later

ConservativePartyNow on April 21, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Probably trying to crash the stock market.

Colorado Anne on April 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Ithaca has its own currency. They don’t like the United States tender, so they make their own. It’s also home to the world’s largest peace sign.

This article is a good start.

Troika37 on April 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Congressional elections should be a little worse.

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM

SO your saying the dems are studying the Iranian elections to se ehow its done?

and if they do it. there will be the same reaction in the streets as there were in Iran. Americans will not allow their freedom to be stolen.

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM

The Ithaca publication yawning at this does not surprise me. It’s a liberal base, with both Cornell and Ithaca College, both very liberal institutions being there. Jazz Shaw should pat himself on the back for helping raise the money to get rid of that greaseball Hinchey.

I used to live in Binghamton, and know well how that district was jerrymandered. Maurice comes from the very liberal Hudson valley, and the far more conservative southern tier of NY have been subjected to having this 9/11 conspiracy nut represent them.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Phillips, and Jazz.

simkeith on April 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM

and if they do it. there will be the same reaction in the streets as there were in Iran. Americans will not allow their freedom to be stolen.

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:47 PM

It’s all part of the plan…

“See, I told you Capitalism doesn’t work, and there are too many stories in the ‘Media’ of voter fraud that I am suspending the election results. Don’t worry, Marial Law will only last a few more days…” – Barack Hussein Obowma

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM

They act as if it is nothing and that just encourages more money and votes for the opposition.

BetseyRoss on April 21, 2010 at 7:46 PM

and that’s the problem for the pundits and what they do not see. they think the anger will die down, will go away but the socialists will not allow it. they want to bring up cap and tax, VAT, amnesty, wall street takeover, salt regulation, EPA regulation.

the pundits think the dems will do what the party in power always do before an election. They think the dems will back off, allow the anger to die down but the dems have decided with the passage of Obamacare to double down.

their entire gameplan is now to get “their base” to the polls. the feeling is in an off year election its a matter of who’s base shows up. since they have goverened as socialists for the last 14months they need the socialists to show up.

what they fail to understand is that the socialists only make up 30% of the population and every action they take makes more of the other 70% go to the polls.

unless they have a plan to simply steal the elections they are doomed for a major defeat and a massive rollback.

If I was running for Congress I would have one campaign theme and one statment for all my debates.

“If elected I promise to try to rollback every law passed since 2006 by the democrat Congress.”

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 7:56 PM

By the way Ed, there is no “p” in Binghamton. Common mistake. =)

simkeith on April 21, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Seven Percent Solution on April 21, 2010 at 7:54 PM

I am not one to believe that type of stuff, I didn’t believe it when the liberals said it about bush.

however, that being said, if you look at the dems actions it is the only LOGICAL conclusion. that or they are blinded by the bubble of DC and believe what the MSM is feeding them.

From liberal comments about Palin and other GOPers I am more inclined to support the second reason. these people are TRUE BELIEVERS. they have embraced the cult of socialism and firmly believe that the cult is the will of the majority of the people IMO.

It’s like (i think) one big echo chamber and the dems will not can not see the backlash coming. I pray this is the answer and not the logical answer that they don’t care and have a paln to steal the elections

unseen on April 21, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Folks,

If Maurice Hinchey is vulnerable, it should be all hands on deck to remove him from office.

This is the same clown who has called for reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine.

In 2003-04, Hinchey introduced a bill called the “Media Ownership Reform Act” to accomplish that goal. [Source]

All conservatives who wish to preserve free speech should take a personal interest in this NY-22 race!

OneVision on April 21, 2010 at 8:20 PM

The 22nd enrollment stats as of 4/1/10 (Active/Inactive)

Dem 147,496/16,496
Rep 114,005/8,672
Ind 16,302/2,004
Con 5,986/401
Blank (no party affiliation) 85,583/10,830

I’ve seen worse numbers. It looks doable, but enrollment changes since 2008:

+7k Dems
-8k Reps
-8k Blanks.
Total enrollment is down 7k in the 22nd.

Dusty on April 21, 2010 at 8:53 PM

Troika37,

I live just north of Ithaca in King Ferry (part of the “reality” surrounding Ithaca). My dad, native Ithacan and a proud townie, calls it the Socialist Republic of Ithaca, and there is not a truer statement.

True story: my parents move around a lot, so upstate NY property taxes are a killer for them as the assessment reflects the most recent sales price. My parents bought a house in downtown Ithaca, next to professors, state legislators, etc. – all very liberally minded. Well, my parents assessment came through and it was huge, much more than they had paid. So, my dad started pulling the assessments of all the neighbors and they were half or more than half of his. He started writing letters to everyone who would listen, including the newspaper. Well, the neighbors got a bit tetchy about this, and finally they approached my dad and asked him to pipe down because if he kept complaining then their assessments would go up too. Heaven forbid they actually have to PAY for the services they believe the community must have.

Oh, and this is how crazy Ithaca is, he was paying almost $6000/year in taxes on a $170K house. My parents have since moved to Tennessee and he is a very happy man.

piglet on April 21, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Just a little further east on I-84 John Hall in NY 19 is gonna get tossed too. Took too much money from Charlie “taxes for thee and not for me” Rangle.

Iblis on April 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM

John Hall in NY 19 is gonna get tossed too. -Iblis

From your mouth to God’s ears! Kiernan Lalor was my pick in ’08. Would support him again.

heroyalwhyness on April 21, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I’m in Binghamton and there is a good chance Hinchey gets the boot this time around. With the local economy in the toilet, he and Chuck Schumer will take big hits upstate, specifically due to the loss of the Presidential helicopter contract. I don’t see it impacting Chuckie but there isn’t a chance in hell Hinchey takes Broome or Tioga counties this election. Add the woes of other counties in his district and Hinchey is ripe for picking.

Hammerhead on April 21, 2010 at 11:08 PM

There is no such thing
As a Democrat “Safe Seat”
In Two-Thousand-Ten…

Republicans should be challenging everywhere. Take the NJ-6 Congressional District, currently held by Frank Pallone. Republican Chris Christie won this district by 15.5% in the gubenatorial election just last fall. There is no reason to expect this will be a walk-over for Pallone.

And yet, this district attracts no attention. Everybody just assumes that Pallone will win it in a laugher. There is an excellent fiscal hawk, pro-2A, pro-Life candidate, Highlands Mayor Anna Little, who is worthy of national support, but everybody has given up on this district.

Haiku Guy on April 22, 2010 at 6:14 AM

As a born in Ithaca and graduated from Cornell ex-pat now living in America, it warms my heart to see there are Republicans anywhere in Tompkins County. I am shocked you have survived in Ithaca, but these are amazing times. Go get ‘em Troika37 and all you other noble people pulling against the tide up there!

MTF on April 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Considering the population of Ithaca, I never can understand why Ann Coulter is proud of her Cornell diploma.

On the Other hand, I can understand why Olbermannnnnnn loves his sheepskin from Cornell Ag and Tech, but he could have gotten that from Potsdam or Morrisville…

Mr. Grump on April 22, 2010 at 8:15 AM

MTF on April 22, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Make no mistake, MTF, we conservatives seem few and far between. Normally I’d chalk that up to not wanting to take the grief that comes with being in the minority. In Ithaca, however, I think it truly is because there are simply no conservative voices.

I need a radio show up here (and would kill for one), even if for no other reason than to let others know they’re not alone…

Troika37 on April 22, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Left of Berkley???

The Pacific?

E9RET on April 22, 2010 at 2:04 PM