While members of United States Congress have got their ain 2008 elections to worry about, they are hardly disinterested witnesses of the presidential race. The personal identity of the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigners is of huge importance to Senate and House campaigners facing serious challenges.
Related (October 31, 2007) (October 29, 2007) (October 26, 2007) (October 22, 2007) (October 20, 2007) (October 12, 2007)
The up-to-the-minute political news from around the nation.
The individual at the top of the ticket set ups the party's image, orders the national message and can drive turnout both of their ain protagonists and the resistance and such as factors can easily do the difference in stopping point Congressional elections.
Given those considerations, there is an interesting development on Washington Hill. Publicly and privately, some senior Republicans are beginning to show the position that former New House Of House Of York City Mayor may be the Republican campaigner who supplies the most aid to Republican Congressional campaigners who necessitate it the most.
Here's the theory: As a well-known New York figure, Mr. Giuliani begins with an contiguous advantage in parts of the Northeast, where Republicans will be defending the seating they didn't lose in 2006 and trying to acquire a few back. And the same moderate Giuliani stances on abortion, cheery rights and other issues that disquieted conservative Republicans play well with the more than than moderate Republicans the political party is going to necessitate in the bluish and violet states.
"There is no inquiry that he assists us in New England and Keystone State and the Rust Belt," said one senior Congressional Republican who did not desire to be identified since he have got to work with all the Republican challengers as well as the eventual nominee.
That functionary and others state Mr. Giuliani is a much easier sell than some of his rivals in states like Connecticut, where Republicans lost two House seating in 2006, and New Jersey, where Democrats have thoughts about ousting a Republican incumbent or two.
One of his top Congressional backers, Representative Simon Peter King of New York, could not hold more. Mr. King said having Mr. Giuliani on the ballot could be a important aid in holding on to Republican seating in his place state and would heighten opportunities of getting back some of the three lost last year. He said it could be even more than of import to have got Mr. Giuliani on the ballot if the Democratic campaigner is Senator , World Health Organization would certainly energize Democratic electors in New York.
"He is going to bring forth a big ballot in Republican districts, which intends Republican officeholders would be in much better shape," said Mr. King, who incidentally is one of those Republican incumbents.
Mr. Giuliani's entreaty to Republicans up for re-election who like to emphasize their moderate certificate was apparent Thursday in the determination by Senator of Gopher State to back him. Mr. Coleman is a indigen New Yorker and a former city manager himself so the necktie is natural. But Mr. Coleman said he believes Mr. Giuliani stand ups the best opportunity of carrying Gopher State -- a state where Democrats have got been making additions in Congressional mental representation -- and perhaps carrying Mr. Coleman along as well.
"We are all impacted by the top of the ticket," said Mr. Coleman. "It is always better not to be swimming against a large tide. It is really of import to me."
Mr. Giuliani's declared angels in United States Congress include Californians who could profit from a more than than moderate societal character as well as House members from Washington, Wolverine State and Pennsylvania.
Former Bay State Governor may have got more Congressional blurbs and is also a well known name in New England. But Mr. Romney have sought to rewrite the moderate record he compiled in the Bay State as he seeks to broaden his entreaty to Republicans countrywide and that, conversely, might not play well with more than middle-of-the-road Northeastern voters. Mr. Romney did draw a new Congressional blurb this week, that of Senator , Republican of New Hampshire. But that confederation was more than of import to Mr. Romney than to Mr. Gregg given the New Hampshire primary.
Democrats profess that Mr. Giuliani could conceivably have got some regional, down-ticket advantages. But they reason that he could be a nett negative since he could deter Republican turnout in more than conservative parts of the Midwest, South and West, hurting Republican campaigners and boosting vulnerable Democrats.
"In some of the most contested areas, Giuliani on the ballot may maintain their people at home," said Representative Saint Christopher Avant Garde Hollen of Maryland, president of the Democratic Congressional Political Campaign Committee. "The portion of the electorate they have got counted on in these stopping point territories may make up one's mind to sit down it out."
Mr. King differences that notion, saying Republicans in conservative territories should not see adequate Giuliani erosion, if any, to impact their races. "They are going to win or lose anyway on their own," he said.
Regardless of how it plays out, it states something about the current state of Congressional Republicans when a grouping that drew its modern personal identity from the conservative South looks for aid from a adult male indelibly linked to New House Of York City.