Kathryn Allen — a Democrat who may run against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, in 2018 — just saw a spike in donations and popularity.
Allen’s Crowdpac fundraising page saw a $40,000 increase on Monday, which broke the record for the most funds donated in one day through the fundraising platform, according to Mic.
Allen’s success in fundraising came on the same day that Chaffetz told CNN’s “New Day” that Americans may have to choose between a new iPhone and health insurance.
"Americans have choices. And they've got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said on the program. “And so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They've got to make those decisions themselves.”
Chaffetz later clarified his comments on Fox News Tuesday morning.
“Well, what we’re trying to say, and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I possibly could, but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance,” he said.
Despite the clarifications, Chaffetz’s gaffe trended across the United States. Social media users shared criticism’s of his remarks.https://twitter.com/ezlusztig/status/839116903599702017
And it seems Allen, a physician, benefited from the comments through fundraising.
"I feel exhilarated, and I'm thinking to myself, 'There's going to be bad days during this next year and a half, but this is a really good one, and I ought to enjoy it,'" Allen said Tuesday night, according to Mic.
Allen first announced a potential political run on Feb. 11 when she started her Crowdpac page. She'd raised $15,000 up until this week with a goal of $50,000.
Now, she's raised more than $65,000 with a goal of $75,000.
Allen listed political ethics and civil discourse as main reasons to run in a piece for The Daily Kos, a liberal news website
She also condemned Chaffetz.
“Jason Chaffetz has been a poor public servant who has shown a lack of stewardship of the 3rd Congressional District of Utah. He has failed to listen carefully and consider the needs of his constituents,” she wrote.
Allen told Mic she still has a long road to wend if she wants to beat Chaffetz in a political run.
"I've got my work cut out for me," she said.