New York Sen. Chuck Shumer, chairman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee gave Idaho U.S. Senate candidate Larry LaRocco a pat on the back this morning, after presenting a slate of Democratic Senate challengers in battleground states to the press.
“Larry LaRocco is doing well,” Schumer said, in response to a shouted query from BW that penetrated the media horde surrounding an unfazed Schumer. “Idaho is a very red state.”
Then he walked off with his two harried aides.
LaRocco, who is actually in Denver this week networking and fundraising, is not on the DSCC target list this year, but Schumer said earlier during the press conference that the equation keeps changing. The latest "change" is in Mississippi, which the DSCC considers the most conservative state in the nation (Wyoming is the most Republican state, according to Schumer).
"All of a sudden new seats keep popping up," Schumer said, as Senate candidates from Colorado, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Mexico and Oregon stood behind him.
LaRocco has not received any material support from the DSCC, but campaign spokesman Dean Ferguson tells BW citydesk that he's gotten moral support and may yet reap some of the committee's largesse as the election gets closer.
LaRocco is in a five-way race for Larry Craig's open seat. His main opponent is Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, but the crowded field has led many to speculate (including the Wall Street Journal) that the race could be competitive.
We'll try to catch up with LaRocco later as he drops in on the bloggers outside the convention hall.