GOP get Delaware House candidate, Dems ready to attack ex-executive on compensation

Republicans finally have a candidate in Delaware, with the entry Wednesday of businesswoman Michele Rollins.

Rollins announced her candidacy in an e-mail to supporters.

"Today I will file the necessary legal documents to become a candidate for our party’s nomination for Congress," she wrote. "I know the task ahead is difficult and challenging. I can’t do it without you. I need your help and support."

But even as Rollins gets in, Democrats appear to have a potent argument already.

The DCCC recently hit the then-prospective candidate for getting a significant raise on the Wilmington Trust Corporation's board of directors after the bank took $330 million in bailout money. According to Forbes, Rollins's compensation increased from about $20,000 to about $93,000 between 2008 and 2009.

Rollins isn't quite the highly paid executive getting a "golden parachute" as her bank goes down in flames, but her compensation does give Democrats a ready-made TV ad.

Former Lt. Gov. John Carney (D) has a huge head start on Rollins, having been in the race since before Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) announced his Senate bid. Carney has used that jump to bank $531,000 be year's end.

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