Dori Fenenbock raised a ton of money.
Seriously, its a lot of money she raised and she raised it really early. Its so much money, I'd say she's the front-runner at this point. That amount of money puts a lot of pressure on County Judge Veronica Escobar and her super-secret bid to replace Congressman O'Rourke.
Well when an opponent raises that kind of feria so early, its gonna mean that Escobar is going to have to hit the ground running. She was never going to wait until the filing deadline anyway, but now I'd expect her to resign her seat as County Judge to start campaigning in full force for congress.
It also puts a lot of pressure on Escobar to make a decision about PAC money. Beto doesn't take it, but I don't know that Escobar has the ability to raise that kind of scratch to keep up with Fenenbock.
So in that sense, its a big deal.
There are some other interesting things, some of which are going to be problematic for Fenenbock, that are in her report.
First, David Karlsruher - who can't stop talking shit about Susie Byrd, Escobar, the non-existent Shapleigh campers, and Yours Truly - is completely on the take and you should remember that.
And interesting thing from the analysis done by the El Paso Times, which you can find by clicking here, was the revelation that the Karlsruher family are major donors to Dori Fenenbock.
Almost maxed out, not quite yet, but they likely will be at some point soon. So while he's busy acting benevolent and holier-than-thou, just know that he's a massive fucking hypocrite.
Now it makes sense why he's obsessed with Susie Byrd. Expect him to be completely in Dori's pocket from now until the primary is decided.
The Times' analysis indicates that a whopping 47% of her campaign donations come from Republicans. That is far more than any other source.
Only 17% of her contributions come from donors that are bonafide Democrats.
Fenenbock has been accused of being a Republican in Democratic clothing and of trying to buy a congressional seat.
Well that is the reason why. Republicans don't drop the type of money they have dropped on her because they legitimately think she's a Democrat. There's a reason they feel comfortable making it rain like that on her campaign.
This is going to be a major problem for her because Fenenbock may actually get Escobar's haters in the Party to get in the game and support the Democrat. Even Dee Margo made his rounds with the local Democratic Party groups, so its unlikely that Fenenbock will be able to avoid attending those events.
Which means she is going to be confronted about all that Republican money. There's no way of ducking it.
And frankly, based on her social media advertisement, I baffled why they would be framing her as someone who can reach across the aisle. Democrats don't want that. That's a general election message and a shitty one. You'd think with the fancy consultant she got from the Castro brothers that they would have a more Democratic-centric message.
She's picking the wrong election to sound bi-partisan. The advantage of running this cycle is that its a gubernatorial cycle and Republicans turn out big in those elections. But Democrats are going to be motivated especially with Trump in the White House. It is a terrible strategy to sound like a Republican in this cycle.
But hey, money buys a lot. She's gonna have all the bottom-feeders on her payroll.