Congressional candidate Nancy Jacobs knows what it will take to "ditch Dutch," as she put it: about $2.5 million, and a team that includes a national strategist, a fundraiser and a political consultant.
The state senator is gearing up her campaign against five-term U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger in the second Congressional district, which covers the eastern border of Harford and Baltimore counties and also wraps around parts of central and western Baltimore County, and the border of Anne Arundel and Howard counties.
Jacobs won the Republican primary by a fairly large margin in Harford County and the rest of the state.
In between attending to her senatorial duties, she said Wednesday she planned to attend a meeting of the new group, Democrats for Nancy, the next day, and the National Republican Congressional Committee on Monday.
Jacobs said she hopes to hone her strategy against Ruppersberger in the coming weeks, and said she has been advised to take the campaign national, which could include TV commercials.
"We have already got contributions from people for a couple hundred thousand [dollars]," she said. "We hired the strategist. Now we are looking for a political consultant... They want to get me national attention."
Jacobs said she will try to show that Ruppersberger has forgotten where he comes from.
"The strategy is basically, he went to Washington and he forgot his roots, and he is not nearly as conservative as he says he is," she said.
Also, she said, "I think he is vulnerable to a woman... I like to campaign. From what I hear, he does not like to campaign. He didn't like being in D.C."