Police unions remarkably began to line up against Bradley after he had to retract ill-informed, ham-handed comments about civil service at the Cedar Park PD. He said a difference between him and Duty was he opposed them getting it, but Cedar Park voters had already authorized it. (Ironically, this is an issue where my views jibe more closely with Bradley's than the unions'; his ignorance of basic facts, IMO, is a greater indictment of a candidate than the politically incorrect view he expressed criticizing civil service.) In any event, the array of law enforcement interests stepping up to endorse Ms. Duty over the incumbent has grown quite impressive.
Duty said in February that she had raised about $113,000, but she has declined to say how much she has raised since.The race is far from over and I'd still give the incumbent a 50/50 chance to remain in office, mainly because of incumbency advantages and because even Duty's greater fundraising totals appear too low to ensure voters all enter the polls understanding what's at stake. Even so, Bradley's reputation has been battered - in some cases thanks to vicissitudes of fate beyond his control, but in most cases as a result of his own missteps and misapplied ambitions - and he'll need more resources than he's projecting he'll have to pay for sufficient communication to overcome it.
Duty has a history of successful fundraising. When she ran against an opponent in the 2004 primary, she raised about $47,000, winning with 63 percent of the vote.
By comparison, Bradley raised more than $27,000 for his 2002 primary battle, according to campaign finance reports.
Bradley said last week that he has about $68,000 and expects to raise an additional $10,000 to $20,000 by election day. Bradley has attacked Duty's fundraising, noting that it has come in part from her own staff and from loans to herself, but Duty said she has a broad base of supporters, including residents and attorneys who have left the Bradley camp.
For those interested, here's Bradley's campaign website (he also has an active Facebook page) and challenger Jana Duty's campaign site.