There are signs emerging that Chesterfield County Democratic State Rep. Ted Vick's decision to seek re-election to his state House seat might not have generated much enthusiasm and even suggests that he may be cashing out in anticipation of a potential loss in November.
Earlier today, the state GOP hit Democratic Rep. Ted Vick for potential fundraising violations. Research indicated that of the $36,104.99 that Vick had transferred from his Congressional campaign account to his State House re-election campaign account, ten of those transfers worth $9500 exceeded state campaign contribution limits.
In the campaign finance report which was filed in mid-July, which would have included the entire two month period after he quit his Congressional race in May, Vick reported raising $39,854.99. But subtract the transfers and Vick raised just $3,700, meaning his fundraising effectively flat-lined in the spring.
Then subtract the over-donation amounts and he reports a net deficit for the reporting period. That's hardly an impressive amount for an incumbent state legislator facing a fall challenge - but there's more.
Much of that money spent by his campaign during that period was used to repay a campaign loan of $36,000. This meant little was spent to prepare for a fall challenge by Republican challenger Ritchie Yow and petition challenger Phil Powell, who originally was going to challenge Vick in the Democratic primary before the spring disqualification mess.
In the wake of the Senate ethics fine levied against Marion County Senator Kent Williams for accepting over-donation checks for his Senate campaign, Vick can expect some scrutiny for taking the money - and possibly more bad press which he can ill afford.
But it's not the first time questions have been raised about Ted Vick and campaign cash.
It looks like Vick's re-election bid may have struggled to build momentum in the months after his Congressional bid ended and the rush to pay off his campaign debt as soon as the first surge of cash appeared suggests that he was cashing out the first chance he could.
With reports that Yow has enlisted the support of Congressman Mick Mulvaney, who carried the two counties where District 53 is located - Chesterfield and Lancaster - and is working hard on the ground, and that Powell is working hard to peel off Democratic votes, a weak start for Vick's campaign could be all it takes to hand victory to one of his challengers next month.