The fleeting Twitter mention of his opponent was enough for Larsen to immediately fire off a bring-on-Sarah-Palin press release:
In order to help her national ambitions, Palin has asked her most radical supporters to "target" Democrats across America. She even uses crosshairs in her literature, upping the rhetoric and literally taking aim.
"She can target me and put Northwest Washington in her crosshairs, but it won't stop me from fighting for what I believe is right," Larsen said.
He would've been better off sticking to issues or at least stopping there. But Larsen added that the endorsement would mean Koster was "opening his campaign war chest to a potential landslide of out-of-state contributions." That left him wide open for Koster's return fire:
Larsen did not mention that 65% of his campaign war chest ($736,671 as of March 31) has come from political action committees (including $1000 from BP), nearly all of whom list addresses from out of state. In comparison, Koster raised $168,717 (as of March 31) with 97% coming from individual donors from Washington State.
"It appears to me that Rick Larsen is suffering from a case of Washington D.C. beltway hypocrisy and arrogance," said Larry Stickney, Koster's campaign manager.
Larsen's stumble ended up giving more credibility to Palin's endorsement than warranted. It also feeds what Clint Didier said about his Palindorsement: "People want someone to stand shoulder to shoulder with them and take on Washington, D.C. - a citizen statesman, not a polished politician - just like Sarah and the grassroots are doing."What does this say about politics and Democrats when they're losing ground to someone who yesterday tweeted: "Gulf disaster needs divine intervention as man's efforts have been futile." God bless us all.
Arlington, WA (July 13, 2010) -- Challenger congressional candidate John Koster (WA-2) will file his FEC 2nd Quarter fundraising report with $211,168.44 cash on hand, a strong financial position for a challenger congressional candidate. The Koster campaign raised $210,118.26 during the 2nd quarter.
John Koster commented, "We set a goal for our campaign of having $200,000 in the bank by June 30th, and I am thrilled that we accomplished our goal. I am also humbled by the outpouring of support we are getting from people all over the district. It is clear to me that voters have had enough of the destructive policies of Rick Larsen and Nancy Pelosi."
The Koster campaign has showed that it is clearly fueled by the grassroots. The Koster campaign has now had 2,930 total contributions. The average contribution to the campaign is $129.38 and nearly 96% of the total contributions have come from the state of Washington.
Koster continued, "In this election, voters will have a clear choice. Do they want to elect a fiscally responsible public servant like myself, or a politician who has raised 65% of his campaign war chest from out-of-state special interest groups? With the number of contributions we have had and our internal polls showing us moving into the lead, I am excited about the campaign ahead."
Koster concluded, "We are preparing ourselves for the mudslinging that will surely come from Rick Larsen. I am confident, though, because this race is not about me. This election is about beating back the destructive policies that have led to double-digit unemployment and a $13 trillion national debt that will strap future generations. This campaign is a grassroots movement to get back on a road to fiscal responsibility and job creation and people are stepping up to the plate all over the district to help this effort."