Politico and Roll Call reported this week that as part of a strategic shifts in its efforts to win majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reducing what it planned to spend in support of Keith Fitzgerald's campaign to unseat Rep. Vern Buchanan.
Roll Call put a dollar figure of almost $230,000 on the ads that now will not air in the 16th Congressional District race.
Earlier, the DCCC had named Fitzgerald as part of its "red-to-blue" campaign, promising financial and other support.
Searching for a path to the House majority, Democrats are shuffling a series of TV ad buys in districts across the country, scaling back in races that are increasingly seen as long shots while adding investments in others.
In a series of strategic decisions Wednesday afternoon, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reduced commercial buys in four, Republican-friendly districts, each of which are seen as uphill for the party, sources told POLITICO. The shifts are the broadest since the DCCC began its advertising campaign last month.
The House Democratic campaign arm has reduced its investments against GOP Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia and GOP Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida, who earlier this year was cleared in an ethics committee investigation of his finances. The DCCC also scaled back on purchases in Indiana’s 2nd District and North Dakota’s At-Large seat, both of which are vacant.
In each case, the trim in TV air time was for one week.