Nice little scoop by Joel Siegel in NY Daily News this morning: top New York financial supporters are holding off on giving any money to the Democratic contenders.
In a lot of ways, this helps the underdogs (esp. Dean) and hurts the front-runners. NY is one of the key money states for Democrats – and if 50 of the top donors are holding off on who they should donate to, that can only mean that they’re not convinced that the obvious front-runners (Lieberman, Kerry, Edwards) aren’t necessarily credible over the long-haul. This could have a ripple effect in other states (California?) and hurt fundraising for the big guys.
If I were Dean, I’d try hard to lock up a couple of senior democratic activists in NY. And I might try to get some face time in Chattauqua.