Targeted Dems Using Palin Hate as Fundraising Lure

Pols in her crosshairs twist it to their advantage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2010 2:06 AM CDT
Targeted Dems Using Palin Hate as Fundraising Lure
Sarah Palin speaks at the "Showdown in Searchlight" tea party rally in Nevada last weekend.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

House Democrats in Sarah Palin's crosshairs are using the controversial Alaskan to raise cash. At least four of the 20 lawmakers targeted by Palin because of their votes on health care reform have sent out fundraising appeals naming the former governor. Palin "has literally put my congressional district in the bullseye, attempting to kill our momentum," Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, who faces a tight race in Florida, writes to supporters.

The Democratic lawmakers appear to be treating the attention from Sarah Palin as a bonus that will help them get attention and nationalize their races, notes the Huffington Post. Call 5 Democratic consultants and leave them a message saying, 'I'm doing a story on Sarah Palin,'" one Democratic pollster said. "Then call five Republican consultants and see who returns your call. Democrats will be on the phone so fast." (More Democratic Party stories.)

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