Self-funding candidates pick up traction in Republican Senate primaries

by - July 17, 2012

Self-funding candidates’ business backgrounds are often an asset,  but because the candidates are often untested campaigners, they sometimes make mistakes more seasoned politicians would avoid, another national GOP strategist said.

 “You don’t have a legislative record for people to attack, you have a business background — at a time when the economy’s front and center and you’ve shown you can create jobs,” the strategist said, requesting anonymity in order to speak candidly. “On the downside, they’re generally people who haven’t run before [and] so haven’t been vetted. There are trade-offs.” 

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