SSP Daily Digest: 4/29 (Afternoon Edition)

CA-Sen: Huckabee hearts Chuck DeVore. The once and perhaps future presidential contender endorsed the conservative Assemblyman, who’s buried deep in third place in the GOP Senate primary but still flying the right-wing flag with pride.

UT-Sen: Bob Bennett finally reeled in the endorsement that’ll help him salvage his career at the state convention… Karl Rove! OK, I’m being a little facetious, but Utah is dark-red enough that Rove might actually still be more asset than liability here.

WA-Sen: The DSCC sent opposition researchers to Washington to comb-over Dino Rossi’s business dealings in a Dan Coats-style pre-emptive attack, and already unearthed an interesting nugget: $20,000 in back taxes on an investment property owned by an investment group in which Rossi is a partner. Also, I’d speculated last week that minor candidate (and Rossi friend) Chris Widener‘s dropout may foreshadow a Rossi entry. Not so, Widener is now saying: he has no insight into Rossi’s plans, and his departure had nothing to do with Rossi one way or the other. Widener felt that Don Benton and Paul Akers were coalescing as front-runners in a non-Rossi field, leaving Widener not much of a shot even with Rossi out.

CT-04: Things got whittled down in the GOP field in the 4th, to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Jim Himes. Former state Sen. Rob Russo, a former aide to and ally of ex-Rep. Chris Shays, dropped out and threw his support to his former colleague, the somewhat more conservative state Sen. Dan Debicella. Russo seemed squeezed by the late entry of moneybags Thomas Herrmann.

GA-08: The 8th was one of the GOP’s biggest recruiting failures in a year that saw them round up a remarkably full dance card; it’s an R+10 district where Democratic Rep. Jim Marshall has never won by a crushing margin, but they were left with only an assortment of non-self-funding businessmen and local cranks. That may change, though, as reports suggest state Rep. Austin Scott, who’s had little luck breaking out of the low single-digits in the GOP gubernatorial primary field, may be willing to try his hand in the 8th instead. (Scott had also been urged to get into the Lt. Governor primary against Casey Cagle.) It still seems an uphill fight for Scott (especially getting in the fundraising game so late), but definitely an upgrade for the GOP; Scott will have to finalize his decision soon, as Friday is the filing deadline.

KS-03: One more Republican decided to get into the field in the open seat race in the 3rd, where there’s a gaping hole where presumed front-runner state Sen. Nick Jordan used to be (after his surprising dropout). Lawyer and ice rink owner Jean Ann Uvodich launched her candidacy today.

MI-01: Connie Saltonstall, who got NARAL and NOW endorsements in the primary in the 1st back when Bart Stupak was still planning to run, is saying if she doesn’t win the primary she won’t back a general election candidate who isn’t pro-choice. That seems to limit her choices: of the three state legislators who piled into the Dem field after Stupak’s retirement, only one (Matt Gillard) is pro-choice; Gary McDowell and Joel Sheltrown are pro-life. EMILY’s List is still pondering whether to get behind Saltonstall, polling the race to see if she’s a viable candidate.

NJ-03: Rep. John Adler has turned out to have a more conservative voting record (characterized by his anti-HCR vote) than pretty much anyone expected, given his track record in the state legislature. Adler’s standing among the Democratic base will get put the test with a primary challenge, it turns out: Barry Bendar, the chair of the local Democratic committee in Lacey Township (in Ocean County), will run against Adler. Bendar says he’ll still support Adler in the general in the very likely event he doesn’t win the primary.

Michigan: At the Michigan Liberal blog, they’re taking a look at the prospects in the state Senate and House in November… and they’re using a variation on Swing State Project’s own House Vulnerability Index as the metric for making predictions. Democrats look likely to lose a few seats in the House (where they have a decent-sized majority) but the Senate (where they’re a few flips away from the majority) looks like it could be anyone’s game at this point.

52 thoughts on “SSP Daily Digest: 4/29 (Afternoon Edition)”

  1. Her endorsement isn’t going to matter. Oh…and EMILY’s List, she isn’t a viable candidate.

    Rossi will get destroyed whether GOPers want to believe or not. He’s a three time re-tread who was a sore-loser, then a sure-loser and now a rich nobody who thinks he can buy his way into office. Murray is a much better politician then Gregoire. She’s done well against a number of Republicans over the years. I just don’t buy it.

  2. Sarah Palin endoresed Tom Emmer.

    On Thursday, the day before Minnesota Republicans are slated to vote on their choice for governor, Tom Emmer won powerful backing from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, one of the party’s biggest stars.

    Palin said Emmer, a leading candidate for governor, is a straight talking, patriotic hockey dad.

    Both Emmer and chief rival Marty Seifert have pledged to drop out of the race if they do not win their party’s nod Friday so whoever gets the convention endorsement will be the Republican candidate (there may be nuisance primary challenger but no serious challenger).  

  3. Joining newspaper editor Charles Schollenberger and non-entity Patrick Coriolan is Baker University assistant dean Lisa Johnston.

    The only interesting thing about her: her web operations may turn out to be top-tier…she’s being introduced by buzzworthy 2008 KS State House candidate Sean Tevis, who electrified local Dems by raising $100,000+ for his campaign almost entirely over the web. (The average haul is about $25,000, and though Tevis lost narrowly in his first-ever race, 52-48, he outperformed Obama by like 10 points)


    A contested primary would almost certainly help Dems, since no one knows who any of these people are.

  4. Eric Christ that is.  He’s a Democrat running for a State Senate seat here in Georgia (SD-40), which is Northern DeKalb (Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville, Tucker) and some of Gwinnett.  It’s an open seat being left open by Republican Dan Weber.  And it’s very winnable.

    I have got to get a “Christ for Senate” bumper sticker.  

  5. I’m going to predict this right now: Jim Himes will win reelection by 5 points or more. Fairfield County is pretty liberal, and one reason Chris Shays got elected to so many terms is that he was an incumbent. In a district with a pretty strong lean to one party, it’s a lot harder for a candidate from the other party to win if they’re not an incumbent, and least of all when they’re running against an incumbent that has given the district no reason to be angry at him.

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