Jonathan Paton's campaign for Congress will kick the tires and light the fires with his first serious fundraiser on Wednesday, March 3rd. The invitation lists a Host Committee showing some of his key supporters, which include Tim Bee, Jim Click, Don Diamond, Duff Hearon, Leesa and David Lane, and others (i.e. the acronyms).
Elementary math shows Paton's fund raising easily passing six figures this month with the first wave of $2400 and $4800 checks from family, friends, and close associates. Paton is also likely to obtain some endorsements and support from the growing number of people lining up behind John McCain's campaign. The McCain/Hayworth contest is a highly symbolic flash point that has already attracted and will continue to attract national attention.
If one were to gauge the situation from the local blogosphere (tea blogs more prolifically than acronyms), one might dismiss the campaigns of both McCain and Paton. GC, IC, Red, & Co. feature McCain bashing on a regular basis. Sonoran Alliance wouldn't list Paton's web site until a change of heart just this week, when it added his site and published a Paton friendly post. Some of the tea positively froth and foam at the mention of McCain, and the CD-8 Debate Twitter of last night clearly has a dog in the fight, and it's not Paton. Tea has made a lot of noise these past few months, but in both primaries time will tell if their sentiments will translate into the feet on the street that put numbers on TV the evening of August 24, 2010.
A Democrat faces a nearly insurmountable task defeating whoever prevails in the McCain/Hayworth fight. Regarding CD-8, to note that she's ready is quite the understatement.