Along with the news of the dominant fundraising strength of the Les Roberts campaign comes very bad news for Sherwood Boehlert.
Since two years ago, Sherwood Boehlert's fundraising power has significantly weakened. We now know that, during the last period of 2005, Boehlert's re-election campaign has on hand only half the amount of money that it had during the similar fundraising period in the 2004 election cycle.
What explains Sherwood Boehlert's decline? Well, there just isn't much reason for powerful interest groups to support Boehlert anymore. Next year, whether the Democrats regain Congress or not, Sherwood Boehlert will lose the chairmanship of the House Science Committee, and there are strong signs that he will be prevented from taking the chairmanship of any other committee in the House of Representatives.
No chairmanship, no pork barrel spending for the 24th District. Thus, Boehlert's past supporters don't see any financial interest in supporting the weakening Congressman any longer. Like rats fleeing a sinking ship, they're distancing themselves from Sherwood Boehlert as fast as they can.