In the News: Washington Times: Self-financing candidates can’t buy love; wealthy challengers rarely win the elections

Luke Rosiak writes about the problems facing self-funded candidates:

But having the wealth to get out of that doesn’t always translate into political charisma, and may actually be a disadvantage for candidates who need to connect with average voters.

“You don’t know how a business guy is going to come across; they may not actually be well-suited for politics,” said David Keating, president of the Center for Competitive Politics. He said the wealthy can even have added baggage from their businesses that their opponents can use against them, not to mention that their wealth makes it harder for voters to relate to them.

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