A little over month ago, when John Dingell sent a letter to supporters claiming that “This year I need your maximum financial contribution to my campaign,” many pundits scoffed. After all, he’s the longest serving Democrat in the House, having held his seat since 1955. Only once in all that time was he reelected with less than sixty percent of the vote. Dingell was considered a shoe-in. So, when he started sounding the alarm, many wondered if he was truly worried, or just trying to rile up the base in order to raise more cash.
Yesterday, he began firing off emails telling people not to pay attention to a poll that showed him trailing his challenger, Rob Steele.
“This is a GOP poll,” He warned. ”Conducted by a firm with GOP ties masquerading as an independent poll, but it’s too early for trick or treats.”
The problem? The poll hadn’t been released yet, so no one knew what he was talking about. Michigan political watchers began scouring the web for the mystery poll, desperately trying to figure out what had Dingell so worried.
Last night, well after the emails went out, the poll was released. Jointly conducted by the Democrat-friendly Rossman Group and Republican-leaning Team TelCom, the numbers show John Dingell trailing Republican Rob Steele 44-40, with 11 percent undecided.
A month ago, when Dingell first intimated that he might be in trouble, polls had him up by at least 11 points.
His early-bird email, advising people to dismiss the new numbers, suggests that he’s sincerely rattled. In drawing Michigan’s attention to the poll before it was released, the 27 term tax-and-spend champion made a rookie mistake. A poll that might have slipped under the state’s radar now has a spotlight on it, giving it even more weight.
Pay no attention to the poll behind the curtain?
Dingell has proven that he’s incapable of taking his own advice.
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