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another problem Lieberman faces
Washington Correspondent
with Jewish voters and givers.
"He's too conservative for the liber-
he Joe Lieberman presidential
al Jews — and the more conservative
campaign averted disaster
this week with the announce- Jews like Bush," he said. "He's stuck
in the middle."
ment that it had raised about
University of Virginia political sci-
$5 million in campaign contributions in
entist
Larry Sabato said Lieberman is
the year's second quarter.
fighting a political holding action.
Political experts say that's a
"Lieberman's position has not been
respectable enough showing to keep
Lieberman in the crowded Democratic significantly changed one way or the
other" because of the new fund-rais-
race. It came after a last-minute
ing numbers, he said. "He clearly is
Internet appeal to donors to close the
not
performing up to the 'frontrun-
spending gap before the end of the
ner'
label many opinion polls suggest
quarter.
he has, but neither is he doing so
But the Senate veteran and 2000
badly, relative to the others, that he
Democratic vice presidential nominee
can't continue."
is still well behind the current fund-
Sabato pointed to a likely strategy
raising champ, former Vermont Gov.
for
Lieberman: holding on, and hop-
Howard Dean, who tallied more than
ing that Dean, Kerry and
$7 million during the same
Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-
period. And he's still
Mo., beat each other to a
behind the year-to-date
pulp in the Iowa caucuses
totals of several other
on Jan. 19 and the New
Democratic contenders.
Hampshire primary a
More worrisome for the
week
later — and then
campaign is the fact that
scoring
big victories in the
Lieberman remains buried
Feb. 3 contests in Arizona,
in the pack when it comes
New Mexico and
to political cash. An
Lieberman
Oklahoma, where his
Associated Press analysis
prospects look better.
this week showed
"Lieberman
is a 'second-look' can-
Lieberman ranking fifth among the
didate,"
Sabato
said. "Under certain
contenders in cash on hand with $4
circumstances,
that
might work."
million — far behind the leader, Sen.
But that strategy will be harder to
John Kerry, D-Mass., who has more
pull off because of the compressed
than $11 million on hand.
primary schedule, he said. And it all
"His 'burn rate' is a big problem,"
said a leading Jewish Democrat. "They falls apart if he turns in dismal per-
formances in Iowa and New
have a huge staff; expenses are very
Hampshire.
high."
That strategy could also compound
Speculation continues that the cam-
paign is having big problems attracting the campaign s fund-raising problems.
"The big donors are looking for
Jewish donors, once expected to give
winners," said a Jewish Democratic
Lieberman a big money advantage.
activist. "If Lieberman looks like he's
Recent news reports — citing mostly
holding back and waiting for the oth-
GOP sources — say that's because of
ers to falter, the big donors may look
mounting concern in Jewish circles
that 2004 may not be the most oppor- elsewhere."
tune time for the first serious Jewish
presidential bid.
Kuchinichs Big Bid
But political insiders point out that
Joe
Lieberman may have the best
big Jewish givers are doing what they
wishes
of many Jewish voters and
always do this early in a primary cam-
Howard
Dean may be the darling of
paign — spreading their donations
the
e-politics
crowd, but Rep. Dennis
across the field.
Kucinich, D-Ohio, has something
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