“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” is the informal creed of the U.S. Postal Service.
It could be the adopted inscription of the Ganim and Gomes mayoral campaigns when it comes to fundraising.
Talk about going back to the well…
In the odyssey of this 2023 election cycle bleeding into 2024, raising money is now a laborious exercise in chipping stone.
Not once, not twice, but three times now (good grief, will there be a fourth?) Mayor Joe Ganim and chief opponent John Gomes, as well as their fundraising acolytes, have brought money pleadings to whole new levels. And, now, during the holidays with all eyes on the January 23 Democratic primary redo, this one Ganim and Gomes solely on the ballot, the flow of milk and honey that drives staffing, turnout and attention has taken on an acrid bleakness.
Will either candidate, or both, pony up campaign loans?
The combined camps have spent more than $1 million to attract historically stingy turnouts for the effort. How much can money warm up a January turnout with so many variables including weather?
Gomes has a fundraiser scheduled for Thursday at O’Manel Restaurant. Ganim will set a fundraiser in the coming weeks. In the short term both campaigns have relied on serial givers to sweeten arid treasuries while hunting for other checks in the long run to rebuild stalled campaign infrastructures. Many campaign workers are on hold or working for free on a leap of fundraising faith.
In this season of giving thanks, Ganim and Gomes will break records for saying “thanks.”