He may not be able to match Buchanan, one of the wealthiest members of Congress and one of the GOP's most able fund-raisers, dollar for dollar but all he has to do is to raise enough to create at least the perception that he is a viable candidate. Once he does that, perhaps momentum can carry him to the next level and victory.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee think Fitzgerald is well on his way, identifying the likely Buchanan-Fitzgerald contest in the fall as one of its priorities as it works to try to win back majority control of the House of Representatives.
Fitzgerald clinched the DCCC's support after he reported in January that he had received more than $224,000 in contributions between early October, when he announced for the race, and Dec. 31.
Buchanan reported almost $1.3 million in contributions during the same period -- illustrating why it is critical why Fitzgerald not let up on his fund-raising.
Fitzgerald surely will add to his coffers at a fund-raiser set for Friday on Siesta Key.
A reception is set for 5 to 7 p.m. at the home of Nick and RoseMarie Generalovich.
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