The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is coming to the aid of David Worley, but the Georgia Democrat might think it is a little late.
Worley came within less than 1,000 votes of defeating House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) Tuesday, and the DCCC is offering staff and lawyers to help Worley in this week's state-ordered recount. A recount is automatic because Gingrich won by less than 1 percent of the vote.
But the DCCC, which contributed about $40,000 in cash and services to Worley when he first challenged Gingrich in 1988, gave the Democrat only $5,000 this time -- and that only in the last 10 days of the campaign. "It would have been of great assistance if they had been fully able to support this campaign as they had in the past," Worley press secretary Mary Lou Romaine said.
Gingrich spent more than $1 million on the race; Worley spent $266,837 and never had enough money to run a single television commercial. Instead, Worley relied on direct mail to get his message across.
DCCC spokesman Howard Schloss said: "Picking House races is not a perfect science. It is always easy after the election to say we should have done it differently. For the most part we made the right decisions."