Carter Campaign Manager: ‘We’re in trouble.’

April 16, 2014 13:00 pm

by Tim Darnell · 15 comments

The Jason Carter gubernatorial campaign has sent a message to supporters claiming it doesn’t have enough money to buy TV ads.

Campaign manager Matt McGrath is asking for $5 donations “to help get Jason’s message out.”

Here’s the message: 

“We’re in trouble.

“Gov. Deal just spent more than a million bucks to plaster his new commercial on every TV across the state.

“I’ve been looking over our budget, and we simply can’t afford to go on the air to tell Jason’s story yet. So we need your help.

“Chip in $5 to help us get Jason’s message out.

“Deal has spent years stockpiling millions of dollars for his campaign. There are a lot of deep-pocketed special interests who want to beat Jason in this race. We need to count on you to stand against them.

“Deal’s ad is full of distortions about his weak record as governor. But until we can afford to match his ad buy, it’s the only message that most Georgians will hear about this race.


Matt McGrath
Campaign Manager
Carter for Governor”

David C April 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Every fundraising e-mail or, before that, direct mail ever sent tells the base that “We’re on the edge of disaster. The Kochs /George Soros / Big Oil / Big Hollywood / the NRA / Liberals is spending more than ever against our noble and glorious cause. Can you give a little to help us fight back?” Yet someone’s trying to pass this off as news? The day Deal’s lawyers show up and make a stink at a gold dome press conference thrown by a candidate so lacking in funds his big campaign prop looks like a 3rd rate middle school science project? Tells me someone’s in trouble, and it isn’t Carter.

Bobloblaw April 17, 2014 at 8:32 am

Yeah actually it is Carter who is in trouble. Someone named Reed wants to be governor in 2018.

NoTeabagging April 16, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Boo Hoo. Every candidate wants millions to run offensive, attack ads and tell lies. Sorry, not gullible…didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday. I will not contribute to any candidate or political party. I will not fund these annoying deceptions.

KD_fiscal conservative April 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

What is Fear Marketing?

NoTeabagging April 16, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Sounds like a political campaign consulting firm..

greencracker April 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm

If that firm existed, I’d try and get a job there.

Salmo April 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

If there are enough $5 donors out there to fund a major ad buy, I’m not sure he actually needs to be running ads to garner votes.

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 16, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Don’t believe these Carter campaign guys. This is likely just a ruse to make Jason Carter appear as though he is no real threat to Governor Deal and the Georgia GOP. They’re just trying to get the Georgia GOP to let its guard down.

Georgia Republicans who underestimate these guys do so at their own peril.

Harry April 16, 2014 at 6:26 pm

I like the way you think!

Dave Bearse April 16, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Peril? I recollect you writing more or less that Carter had an ice cube’s chance in hell.

Harry April 16, 2014 at 11:26 pm

The young neophyte Carter has no chance, but will have a chance if the GAGOP underestimates the peril. If the Dems see any opening then they will dump in boatloads of NY/Westcoast cash at the last minute and go heavy negative, probably with the trumped-up help from the Obama-Holder DOJ. Never mind that what passes for governance in Democratic states and cities smells ten times worse than anything here.

Dave Bearse April 16, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Continue the hard right tack. It’s a winner.

Harry April 17, 2014 at 12:12 am

I think so.

Bobloblaw April 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

Let them dump boat loads of cash. It will be wasted. The correlation between money and winning is weak. Once a candidate has enough money to run a campaign and a GOTV effort, additional money is mostly wasted.

Will Durant April 17, 2014 at 9:18 am

Then why do all of them poor mouth for mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money? Even your boy Balfour while sitting on $800K while spending $25K towards the actual election costs:

A politician, their campaign manager, or their unassociated and totally unrelated PAC administrator not poor mouthing would truly be a news story. I also seriously doubt they consider additional money over the amount needed to actually run a campaign “a waste”.

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