SSP Daily Digest: 6/29

FL-Sen: Oh please, oh please: The Club for Growth’s president, David Keating, says that he’s very impressed with Marco Rubio, and may run ads against Rubio’s primary opponent, Charlie Crist (although he said there’s no set timeline for “endorsement”). Politico also points to a strongly anti-Crist new editorial from the Wall Street Journal that, believe it or not, compares Crist to Barney Frank (get your mind out of the gutter… apparently it has something to do with an analogy between hurricane insurance and Fannie Mae).

MN-Sen: Despite the fact that Tim Pawlenty (not running for re-election, but probably running for the Big Show in 2012) is now answerable to the nationwide GOP base rather than to all Minnesotans, he’s not going to obstruct the all-but-inevitable seating of Al Franken. He confirmed on CNN that he’ll certify Franken if Norm Coleman loses his Minnesota Supreme Court case.

NC-Sen: While former state Sen. Cal Cunningham is making some senatorial noises, he says that he won’t commit to a timeline on getting into the race, saying only that he’ll make a “timely decision.”

AL-Gov: We’re up to six Republican gubernatorial candidates now; Bill Johnson, the state director of Economic and Community Affairs, resigned his post on Friday and declared his candidacy. Despite his statewide position, Johnson seems like kind of an odd duck; he was the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri in 1994.

SC-Gov: The behind-the-scenes battle is heating up between Mark Sanford and his Lt. Governor and possible successor (either via resignation or the 2010 election), Andre Bauer. Bauer’s would-be opponents (who would be at a disadvantage if Bauer comes into the election as an incumbent) are already dusting off old lines of attack from his LG primary campaign in 2006, that Bauer is too much of a fast-driving, plane-crashing party boy and not sufficiently conservative. (Bauer’s spokesperson does some very strange pushback in this article, seemingly protesting too much that Bauer is merely a “red-blooded American male” and “straight.”) The New York Times details efforts by Bauer’s camp to exert pressure on legislators to pressure Sanford to resign (which came to public light when Bauer’s camp inadvertently contacted an ally of potential 2010 rival AG Henry McMaster).

Meanwhile, State Rep. Nikki Haley has been encouraging Sanford not to resign (which he says he won’t do) — on the surface because she was one of Sanford’s few legislative allies even before the scandal, but at this point, more importantly because she’s also running in 2010 and would be at a disadvantage if Bauer comes in as a one-year incumbent. She has also issued a statement “fear[ing] for the conservative reform movement” if Bauer takes office. Similarly, McMaster seems reluctant to launch criminal investigations into Sanford — again, the subtext being that would make Sanford’s immediate replacement by Bauer likelier.

WI-Gov: Here’s an interesting rumor: Gov. Jim Doyle may be in line to take over as the next head of the Peace Corps. Not only would this spare us a 2nd re-election run by Doyle, who’s been posting mediocre poll numbers, but, assuming he resigns to take the new post, it would give Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton the chance to run in 2010 with a year of incumbency under her belt.

AL-05: Despite earlier reports that the GOP was happy with their recruit to run in AL-05, businessman and local GOP “minority outreach” coordinator Lester Philip, they’ve recruited a higher-profile figure to run against freshman Rep. Parker Griffith. Madison Co. (location of Huntsville) Commissioner Mo Brooks said he’ll formally enter the race this week.

CA-11: After first flirting with the CA-10 special election and then flirting with the idea of running against Rep. Jerry McNerney in CA-11 in 2010, Contra Costa Co. Sheriff Warren Rupf declared that he isn’t running for Congress, period. Rupf, in fact, basically gave Congress the middle finger, saying his values “don’t line up with the fringes of either party and compromising my values or my priorities is a price I am not willing to pay.”

CA-24: The DCCC has been cajoling Peter Jim Dantona, a local political consultant, to get into the race against longtime Rep. Elton Gallegly in the 24th. Dantona proved his bona fides by almost winning a seat on the Ventura Co. Board of Supervisors in a heavily Republican district. (Another consideration is the possibility that Gallegly, who’s tried to retire before, may turn this district, which Obama won 51-48, into an open seat if faced with a stiff challenge.)

CA-50: A Francine Busby fundraiser in a supporter’s backyard turned into a bit of a melee when the police were called over a noise complaint, ending with the party’s 60-year-old host getting pepper-sprayed and arrested when she wouldn’t give the police her name and date of birth.

FL-24: GOP State Rep. (and former mayor of Port Orange) Dorothy Hukill announced her interest in taking on Rep. Suzanne Kosmas. The NRCC was already highly touting Winter Park City Commissioner Karen Diebel in this race, so it’ll be interesting to see if Hukill is doing this on her own, or if the NRCC kept looking after pre-emptive Dem attacks on Diebel’s stability may have damaged Diebel.

MI-03: Rep. Vernon Ehlers, who’s 75, sounded a little ambivalent about running for another term in 2010. Roll Call does some interesting dot-connecting: Ehlers and SoS Terri Lynn Land are friendly, and her sudden jump out of the governor’s race, where she looked competitive, may have something to do with her getting some insider information on MI-03 being available instead.

NC-08: The GOP is still wondering what to do about a challenge to freshman Rep. Larry Kissell. Oddly, their first choice is a rerun by former Rep. Robin Hayes, who looked clueless en route to losing in 2008 by over 10 points. (Hayes is still considering it, but also helping to recruit other candidates.) Another possible (and more ominous) contender, who hasn’t ruled it out, is Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, who lost the 2008 gubernatorial race and will be looking for something else to do after his seventh mayoral term ends this year. Union Co. District Attorney John Snyder was also cited as a possible GOPer.

NE-02: Rep. Lee Terry seems to be under a lot of stress lately, as seen by his recent F-bomb-laced freak-out when trying to cross the street in Washington.

Fundraising: Just a friendly reminder: the fundraising quarter ends tomorrow. If there’s a candidate out there who you want to give some early momentum to, now’s the time to contribute.

48 thoughts on “SSP Daily Digest: 6/29”

  1. Maybe the fundraising host was an illegal, thats why she didnt want to give her infromation to the police. We all know how much Busby likes illegals working and voting for her. 😉

  2. Not exactly. Pawlenty will sign if the court asks him to do. He did not say what he would do if the cour does not ask him to certify.

  3. Interestingly another Charlotte Mayor, Sue Myrick, is also in the U.S. House. McCrory entering this race would be a huge get for the GOP.

    Rupf’s statement pretty much says it all about how moderate GOPers see the party these days. And how much trouble the GOP is having in recruiting them to run for major offices.

  4. I thought Pat McCrory annouced he was running for any public office again after he lost the governor’s race to Bev Perdue.

  5. Don’t be as A**.

    Someone with a house in an afflent neighborhood is not an illegal by any stretch of democratic/independent imagination.

    Cannot say the same thing about republicans and conservatives.

  6. It’s just one of the middle aged liberal white women, you know the type:  “I’m not doing anything wrong, so why should I cooperate with the police.”

  7. Besides, I cannot see, by any stretch of imagination, the neccessity of pepper-spraying a 60 year old woman because she refused to give her personal information. I’m getting pretty sick and tired of unneccessary force and trigger happy law enforcement who are in countless incidents not even given the normal slap on the wrist.

  8. Do we expect them to…

    * tell Coleman to STFU immediately?

    * ignore it or sit on it while Franken gets sworn in?

    * throw an injunction into the mix?

    * make a speedy decision?

  9. He also clearly said, that even if told to sign, he would wait a short time to give Coleman a chance to get a stay from a federal court.

    He gave himself plenty of outs if Coleman appeals.

    The better question is, what will Harry Reid do if Pawlenty doesn’t sign the certificate?

  10. It was just a joke refering to the foot in the mouth comment that I think is the reason Busby isnt a Congresswoman right now she made back in 2006. No need to get upset.

  11. The amazing thing about this situation is Coleman has totally killed himself and now is missing what would have been a perfect opertunity for him by running for Governor next year. I knew from the moment he started going to the courts about this he would probably lose and it would end up badly for him.  

  12. Barring the extraction of a major skelton from a closet, or a health issue, both men will run, and so will Gresham Barrett.  

    The timeline for this race has been advanced/extended by 18 months by Sanford’s AWOL/adultry.  This could get REALLY long and REALLY nasty.  

    Don’t forget the GOP State Treasurer was busted for Cocaine just a year or so ago.  Voters of all stripes are getting really fed up, and the political temperatures are rising fast. Every single front page article of my local daily (above and below the fold) today was about Sanford.      

    If the powers that be in the SC Democratic party are not hunkered down somewhere working on a strategy to exploit this, then they all need to be kicked to the curb.

    Opportunities like this don’t come often,and this DEFINITELY has the potential to affect down-ballot races as well.  2010 is looking more and more like a true barnburner of an election, and I have followed every election here since 1974.  

    Keep your eyes on this one folks.      

  13. which is St. Paul has one as well.  He wasn’t endorsed by the DFL anyway.  Barely lost it.

  14. Coleman ever thought he was coming back to public service. From the accusations leveled against him, he sounds like a total crook and has really been racking up the debt. He wants to make money in the private sector while he still can.  

  15. Good old Michelle has announced that she won’t answer any more Census questions than how many people live in her house.  The story was in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    That makes Busby look OK but does not mean that Bachman is lining up to get pepper sprayed.  

    Meanwhile the Atlanta Journal Constitution had a story about a former Republican mayor of Gainesville, GA who was arrested for lounging outside a tent in a state park totally naked and drinking beer.  Like Larry Craig, he flaunted his (ex) position.  

    The hits just keep on coming.  

  16. I loved how he and the cabby had that “Really?” “Really!” exchange. I’m surprised the cabby didn’t get out of his car and chase him or something.

  17. And even considered challenging her Republican predecessor in the GOP primary a long time ago…but still it is kind of odd to see her campaign for someone who isnt a Dem. No one should fault her for her vote, though. Bloomie isnt exactly a conservative. But campaigning is a little different.

  18. Bloomberg has been a pretty good mayor, possibly the best in my lifetime, though partly because there have been so many bad ones. My problems with him are that he is intolerant of demonstrations (note the civil liberties violations of demonstrators and mere bystanders at the Republican National Convention, and also the mistreatment of Critical Mass bikers), showed a total lack of empathy for the poor in his support for subway fare increases greater than were eventually adopted, objectionably and unhelpfully kissed George W. Bush’s ass at the convention, and has given strong support to luxury developers without seeming to do much for economical housing or doing more to lessen homelessness. But all that said, he is not a knee-jerk apologist for police violence, he’ll meet with anyone, he has been much more laissez-faire toward normal life than Giuliani, he’s continued to ensure good municipal services (sanitation, sidewalk repair, etc.), he instituted 311 for non-emergency questions, he has cooperated well with the City Council, and he has generally exercised a good calming effect on the city. He has limitations to be sure, but who could possibly do as good a shop piloting the city through very dangerous waters than Mr. Brilliant CEO? I’m afraid I am likely to join millions of New Yorkers in eventually voting for his reelection this time.

  19. But if you were in New York, what would you do? Support some Democrat of questionable competence, quietly vote for Bloomberg without publicly endorsing anyone, or abstain from voting for Mayor and feel like a nihilist?

  20. ticket, as I always do (unless I have serious reservations about the Democrat on the ballot, and believe that the Republican would be better, and that no legislative control is at stake).  

  21. I almost never vote for Republicans, but I have serious reservations about the Democratic candidates for Mayor of New York, believe strongly that Bloomberg will be better, and don’t think of Bloomberg as a real Republican, anyway. He’s one of a number of reform candidates who couldn’t run as Democrats because he’s a non-machine politician and non-hack. If you compare his policies to Obama’s and G.W. Bush’s, do you really think they come closer to Bush’s? Meanwhile, if you would have chosen Dinkins in a race with Bloomberg, that clearly would have ill-served New York. Frankly, as polarizing as Giuliani was (and I didn’t vote for him but would have, for reelection, if the race had been closer), he was a way better mayor than Dinkins. We have a problem with machine Democratic hacks in New York.

  22. it seems the biggest issues loyal Dems have with Bloomie is his party flip-flopping and endorsing of Bush. I can understand the anger but I dont think anyone should not vote for him because of it. As it really has nothing to do with his job at hand. But just my opinion.

  23. As for the suggestion that history will show that Giuliani was a worse mayor than Dinkins. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry, I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Giuliani against Dinkins, because I didn’t know what he would do as Mayor and there were some vocal racists supporting him, but I HATED Dinkins with a passion for absolutely terrible things like allowing the Crown Heights anti-Jewish lynching and rioting run rampant for a couple of days, and that was only the worst of it. Giuliani was terrible for covering for police brutality, but you have to credit him for hiring Bratton, who lowered crime tremendously. Giuliani is a dick, and he polarized the city, but he presided over a period of much improved quality of life for many though admittedly not all New Yorkers. And to a large extent, Bloomberg is a much milder extension of Giuliani, handicapped now by a huge economic collapse. I wish he were better than he is, but we need him now.

  24. …my tenant-activist friends totally agree with you. I also wish he weren’t quite so corporate in this respect. It’s not only the less rich who have lost out in terms of housing; I can also tell you that empirically (and I believe figures I saw bear this out), there’s also been a notable increase in homelessness in the last 1 1/2-2 years. Clearly, Bloomberg isn’t to blame for foreclosures and layoffs, but I do totally agree that housing is a real sore point. I’m skeptical a Democrat would do much better, though, especially in this economy.

  25. Then thats pretty messed up. I mean this guy is one of the richest men in the world…literally. So he should do more to help people in low-income housing, if true. Although I am sure he is quite charitable. And I know he has done many things to help the poor in NYC as mayor, at least from what ive heard.

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