I’ve taken an initial scan of the disclosures. I noticed that Cagle promptly posted an amendment. Reed will need to as well. There are clearly some figures that need decimals moved and some addresses needed. When I have the time, I’ll put up a more comprehensive review of the situation. I will say this — having looked at the numbers, I think Ralph Reed made some tactical errors in issuing press releases like this one because it certainly drove expectations up to $2million. So, seeing that he was capable of that at one event in Cobb County, the average person paying attention could reasonably conclude that Reed was capable of multiple events like that — especially given his DC connections. So, to only have $1.39million — not even the $1.4million presumed on Friday by reporters — Reed’s campaign probably should not have sent out press releases like that. Keeping things more secret would have put me and others in a position to be more impressed by his ability to more than double what Casey Cagle raised.
To be fair, the blame cannot be entirely on Reed’s campaign. Many others inside and outside the party and inside and outside the Ralph Reed fan club did drive the expections up to $2million. But, that’s where the expections settled and Reed did not get there.