The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza lists Roy Blunt as his top "fundraising zero" a day after the first quarter fundraising reports were released.
"For a former member of the House Republican leadership who is allegedly the pick of the Missouri party establishment for the state's open seat race, Blunt's $542,000 did not impress -- especially when compared to the $1 million plus Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) collected in the same time period. If there was any doubt whether former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman would run for the GOP nod, there shouldn't be now," writes Cillizza.
Several Republicans who spoke to The Notebook following the release of Blunt reports claimed to be astonished at the number put up by the Congressman.
"It's a five-alarm fire," said a neutral GOP staffer.
"Looks like Roy could use a bailout," sniped another longtime Republican observer.
A Republican close to the Blunt campaign tells The Notebook that Blunt raised an additional $80,000 in St. Louis Wednesday.
Spokesperson Rich Chrismer added this: "For six weeks of fundraising we are right on target and particularly pleased about how things came together in the last two weeks of the quarter during which we raised well-over two-thirds of our total contributions, and how things have come together now."