Although Michael Montagano’s name does not have the same familiar ring to it as does Mark Souder’s name, Mr. Montagano is currently keeping pace in the fundraising department. Ahh, sure, negavites (my new word for negative people) will no doubt point to the fact that several of the donors have the same last name as Mr. Montagano. Michael Montagano’s wife, Bethany Montagano, is Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Projects at the Eiteljorge Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana. She donated to his campaign as did several others with the same last name. But even if you take that into account as well as his contributions to his campaign, Montagano still raised a fairly sizeable amount. He currently has $106,297 cash on hand and $6,500 in debts compared to Souder’s $91,945 and no debts.
Souder’s 8% margin of victory in 2006, while still a clear victory, was the closest that anyone had come to dethroning the incumbent Representative since he was first elected in 1994. The “scare” probably convinced him not to take anything for granted. After all, the national Republican Party did end up dumping a fairly substantial amount of dollars into the 3rd district race when it looked like Souder had his hands full with Tom Hayhurst.