The news broke in late May that Dick Wadhams, the campaign manager for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long, had departed – and Long’s fundraiser is out the door as well.
In a brief phone interview, top Republican fundraiser Christina Comer said she was simply was too busy serving other clients to continue working for Long’s high-profile race.
I asked her whether the Long campaign was having any financial problems, which might have helped prompt Comer’s departure.
“No, that’s not an issue – certainly on my end,” Comer said.
The move leaves Long without its fundraiser for the campaign’s stretch run. But in a statement, Long’s campaign spokesman, David Catalfamo, offered a slightly different spin on the move, portraying it as a a calculated decision to make sure “all campaign resources are being focused on GOTV efforts.”
“Christina is one of New York’s best known and successful fundraisers and is in great demand. We’re thankful to have had her services in designing and launching our fundraising operation and she continues to be an informal resource to the campaign,” Catalfamo said. “This is the shortest federal primary election in modern NY political history and as such all campaign resources are being focused on GOTV efforts.”
UPDATE: Catalfamo says Comer actually left the campaign May 15 (apparently, before Wadhams), and was on the campaign staff for a total of one month.
More will be known about Long’s campaign finances (and that of every other federal campaign) when the next disclosure deadline hits on June 14. Long’s first campaign finance filing did show a fairly high burn rate, with the campaign spending half of the $141,000 she raised.
Long is running in a three-way primary against Rep. Bob Turner and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. The winner of the June 26 primary will take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
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