A virtually unknown Republican appears to be gaining ground on Democratic U.S. Rep Barney Frank, the 14-term incumbent in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District who hasn’t had to look over his shoulder in years. It doesn’t even bother the underdog, Sean Bielat, that 43 percent of the folks polled in his district don’t know him, Byron York writes in his blog at the Jewish World Review
Indeed, York writes, the 35-year-old major in the Marine Reserves isn’t even disappointed that one of his campaign’s own polls recently showed that 43 percent of the voters hadn’t even heard of him, when virtually everybody knows Frank. Bielat opts to look on the bright side of the poll, the one that shows he’s within 10 points of Frank, who also has a national reputation.
Bielat’s campaign news release on the poll also observed that, even though 48 percent favor Frank, compared with 38 percent for Bielat, 13 percent are undecided and independents are in Bielat’s camp by a 51-34 percent tally.
“Frank's supporters say the lead is bigger, but Bielat believes he's within striking distance,” York writes.
Bielat himself exudes confidence, saying: "People are sick and tired of Washington and career politicians. That's why Barney Frank's poll numbers are dropping like a rock and why he's taking desperate measures like bringing in Bill Clinton to campaign for him. National support is snowballing and our campaign and supporters are more enthusiastic than ever. It shows what we've known all along: We are on track to replace an entrenched politician who's been part of the problem for years."
As for Frank himself, well, frankly, there are signs he may be running a little scared in the Boston-area district. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that he has scaled back his own donations to colleagues running for re-election across the country.
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