CNN reports on a legitimately yuge first full quarter of incumbent fundraising for none other than Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who came in like a wrecking ball to Congress along with fellow “Q-some Twosome” freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and has despite Boebert’s best efforts at making offensive headlines has consistently managed to position herself as the chief conductor of the post-Trump Republican crazy train:
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced on Wednesday that her reelection campaign raised an astonishing $3.2 million in the Georgia Republican’s first three months in office, after reports detailed her embrace of conspiracy theories and support for executing prominent Democratic politicians.
“I am humbled, overjoyed, and so excited to announce what happened over the past few months as I have been the most attacked freshman member of Congress in history,” said Greene in a statement. “I stood my ground and never wavered in my belief in America First policies and putting People Over Politicians! And I will NEVER back down! As a matter of fact, I’m just getting started.”
The House voted in February to remove Greene from her committee assignments after reports of her comments surfaced showing her encouragement of political violence, suggestion that the Parkland, Florida, school shooting was a “false flag” operation and conspiratorial claim that a space laser controlled by Jewish financiers started a California wildfire in 2018.
But unlike MTG, Lauren Boebert, who draws her political strength from the same unhinged fringe-right backwaters of the Republican coalition, managed only a paltry $700,000 during the same first quarter of 2021–barely keeping pace with her incipient opponent Kerry Donovan, who raised nearly as much in far less time. What’s more, MTG represents a district so safely Republican (Cook PVI R+27 with today’s map) that it’s extremely unlikely she will face any threat other than a Republican primary–compared to Boebert’s as-yet unknown but almost certainly more competitive district, pending likely major changes to the state’s congressional map in the upcoming redistricting process.
What we’re trying to say, as nicely as we can, is that Boebert could find herself relegated to a lower tier of prominence by a fellow freshman member of Congress who appeals to the exact same audience and doesn’t need the help nearly as badly. There’s been surprising little press so far about the personal relationship between MTG and Boebert, which based on their common cause politically we would assume to be cordial. Does Boebert need more competent help, or less competition for the spotlight?
At least in the cash flow department, Boebert needs a little of MTG’s shine to rub off on her, and soon.