Aldermanic president Lewis Reed’s fledgling campaign for mayor is reportedly off to a rocky start. Reed has told confidantes that he is going to challenge Mayor Francis Slay in March, 2013. With the election 17 months away, the candidates are focused on fundraising. But, Reed has found tough sledding so far. Candidates were required under the law to report their fundraising for the third quarter. Reed missed Monday’s deadline and turned his report into the Missouri Ethics Commission late. Political insiders say that is an indication of a disorganized candidate.To make matters worse, Reed actually spent more money than he raised. His tardy report shows he raised a paltry $25,000. His campaign spent twice as much, meaning he only has about $105,000 in his campaign account. Slay, on the other hand, had a very successful quarter. The fastidious Slay turned his report in on time. Plus, he raised $255K and has $824K in the bank. Experts say the mayor’s success reflects his popularity and strong record in office. One pol predicted that given Reed’s poor fundraising and the mayor’s monster quarter, Reed has little chance to beat Slay – unless he can pull off an Obama “Yes, I Can” surprise.