UPDATE: See corrected post here.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Monday announced that he'll halt fundraising for the next few months while he serves on the Deficit Reduction Committee. The gesture is an attempt to show Americans that Kerry isn't leveraged by contributions, his statement says. But Kerry didn't stop there: Included in his announcement is a challenge to Sen. Pat Toomey to do the same:
"According to Public Campaign’s analysis, the 12 members of the supercommittee collectively had $20.4 million in their campaign bank accounts at the end of June. They raised $12 million in the first six months of the year. They could all follow Sen. Kerry’s lead and give up fundraising until the supercommittee’s work is done in November and face no electoral repercussions. None of the Senators are up for re-election in 2012 and the House members won their last elections by an average of 41 percent."
Kerry's statement called out all members of the super committee, but mentioned Toomey – who's sat next to him in both hearings – by name.
Toomey doesn't seem bothered by the challenge.
"He currently does not have plans to cease fundraising," the Senator's camp said in a short, sweet statement.