"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Candidates Often Avoid Party Labels

July 24th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

By Nathan L. Gonzales

“In Missouri’s 6th district, former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes is one of the Democratic ongressional Campaign Committee’s prize recruits. But you wouldn’t know it at first (or second, or third) glance. She didn’t mention the words “Democrat” or “Democratic Party” in her May 14 announcement. And the only way you would know she is a Democrat from her Web site is if you click on the newspaper clips. The candidate does have “Barnes Enjoys Bi- Partisan Support” on her main page along with various mentions of her work with Republicans.

Barnes’ reluctance can’t be just a function of the district, with a Democratic performance of almost 48 percent, according to the National Committee for an Effective Congress, which specializes in Democratic targeting.” Read more…

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