Yesterday, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen rolled into town for two appearances to support Democratic 10th District Candidate Dan Seals. One was a luncheon at Carnivale downtown, at which between 40-50 people showed, according to TA Cub Reporter Badge of Honor (see yesterday's comments below), and which the crowd showed little energy. While Rahm Emanuel was on the bill as a sponsor of the event, apparently he was a no-show. Another event was a sparsely attended rally in Linconshire at the UAW Hall that was centered on (what else?) Iraq.
Since the last election when Seals lost to Congressman Mark Kirk, he has been critical of the national Democratic party for not supporting him (this guy really knows how to win friends, doesn't he?). Van Hollen was quoted as saying that the National Dems will be "supporting him in every way" this time, but refused to commit to any specific support or fundraising efforts.
Sounds like a guy who is hedging his bets, if you ask me. Based on the lukewarm performance Seals turned in as to crowd support yesterday, Van Hollen may be reevaluating his level of commitment. Beating the pants off poor Jay Footlik is one thing, but Van Hollen and D-trip need to carefully weigh whether they want to burn $2 to $3 million right off the bat just to be competitive with top GOP fundraiser Mark Kirk, rather than perhaps go after some lower-hanging fruit.