ARCHIVE: MARCH 1-15, 2009.
PATERSON SINKS LOWER; VITTER PRIMARY FIELD CLEARS; SC CONGRESSMAN
BROWN FACES MAJOR PRIMARY CHALLENGE; EX-CONGRESSMAN GOODE SEEKS
YORK. Governor David Paterson (D) has seen
his approval plummet since he took office a year ago. A new Manhattanville
College poll shows Paterson has a 29% approval rating versus a
66% disapproval rating. Those numbers virtually ensure he will
face stiff primary competition next year, likely from Attorney
General Andrew Cuomo (D).
Social conservative activist Tony Perkins – President of
the Family Research Council and a former state legislator –
announced he will not be a primary candidate next year against
US Senator David Vitter (R). Vitter lost support among his conservatives
base two years back after getting caught in a prostitution scandal.
With Secretary of State Jay Dardenne (R) previously expressed
an interest in the seat, although his lack of activity in moving
forward with a campaign seemingly indicates he will also pass
on the race. Porn performer Stormy Daniels is exploring a GOP
primary challenge to Vitter -- claiming she wants to expose his
hypocrisy -- but it is essentially a publicity stunt for her own
CAROLINA. Carroll "Tumpy" Campbell III (R)
-- son of the late Governor Carroll Campbell -- announced this
week he will challenge 73-year-old Congressman Henry Brown in
next year's GOP primary. "Henry Brown's a nice guy, but the
reality of it is, as much as I'd like to lay blame on the Democratic
Party for putting this country in a direction I don't certainly
support, I also have to look at my friends in the Republican Party,"
said Campbell in his announcement statement. Gulf War veteran
and '08 candidate Katherine Jenerette (R) has also announced her
intention to challenge Brown again in the primary. Brown won re-election
last year by an unexpectedly close 52-48 vote, and has yet to
announce his re-election plans for 2010.
Former Congressman Virgil Goode (R) filed paperwork this week
to seek a rematch next year against freshman Congressman Tom Perriello
(D). The Democrat narrowly ousted Goode in one of the major upsets
of the 2008 cycle.
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LIEBERMAN BACKS DODD; CORZINE FALLS FURTHER BEHIND; CONGRESS APPROVAL
RATING GROWS; HOUSE GOP LEADER OPEN TO SECOND STIMULUS; NY CD-20
RACE NEARLY TIED.
US Senator Joe Lieberman (I) said he is supporting US Senator
Chris Dodd (D) for re-election next year. Dodd had chaired Lieberman's
2004 Presidential campaign and then supported Lieberman for re-election
in the 2006 primary -- but switched his support to peace candidate
Ned Lamont against Lieberman after defeating Lieberman in the
2006 primary. The Lieberman endorsement is a big boost for Dodd,
who could possibly face a competitive re-election next year. Lieberman
carries a lot of weight among independents and moderates in Connecticut.
Former Congressman Rob Simmons (R) -- defeated for re-election
in 2006 -- is expected to announce his candidacy against Dodd
JERSEY. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that Governor
Jon Corzine (D) continues to face a race this year. Former US
Attorney Chris Christie -- the likely GOP nominee -- leads Corzine
by a 46-37 vote. Corzine holds a 40% approval rating. The latest
Rasmussen poll also confirms Corzine is badly trailing. The numbers:
Christie - 49%, Corzine - 34%, Others - 7%.
Gallup reports the approval rating for Congress now stands at
39%. This reflects a sharp 12-point jump since last month.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) told Politico
that he wouldn't "rule out the the idea of a second stimulus
package and said ... he would be willing to sit down with the
White House and congressional Democrats to discuss any new emergency
spending proposals. Cantor said he would only support a package
that differed from the first stimulus and includes
additional tax cuts for small businesses. "It depends what it
would include ... Number one request is: help small business people.
Give them some tax relief," said Cantor.
YORK. Wealthy venture capitalist Scott Murphy (D) is
rapidly gaining on State Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco
(R), reducing Tedisco's lead by 8-points over the past two weeks.
According to the latest Siena Research tracking poll, Tedisco
now leads Murphy by a 45-41 vote in the CD-20 special election
to fill US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's open former House seat.
In what is likely to cause a small setback to Tedisco in a close
race, Libertarian Party State Chair Eric Sundwall has apparently
submitted sufficient petitions to also qualify for the March 31
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MAN OF STEELE; TSA INVESTIGATES VITTER AIRPORT INCIDENT; CONSERVATIVE
BASE SPLIT IN SPECTER PRIMARY.
National Chairman Michael Steele is continuing to be highly controversial
with his public remarks. On Wednesday, Steele told columnist Cal
Thomas that he was unconcerned about Republican insiders sniping
at him. "The mice who are scurrying about the Hill are upset
because they no longer have access to the cheese [money], so they
don't know what's going on," said Steele. Also, in remarks
certain to inflame social conservatives, Steele told GQ magazine
that he supports abortion rights. "I think that's an individual
choice," he said. Steele also disputed the conservative view
that being homosexual is a lifestyle choice. "I don't think
I've ever really subscribed to that view that you can turn it
on and off like a water tap. ... You just can't simply say, oh,
like, 'Tomorrow morning I'm gonna stop being gay.' It's like saying
'Tomorrow morning I'm gonna stop being black,'" explained
Steele. While Steele's words may seek to broaden the party's appeal,
they are also likely to infuriate many party activists.
CNN reported that US Senator David Vitter (R-LA) went ballistic
at Dulles Airport after -- running late -- he realized that the
gate had closed boarding for his flight. Instead of accepting
the situation, he pushed through an alarmed door and loudly demanded
to be let onto the plane. He reportedly used the "do you
know who you're dealing with" approach. When the gate agent
refused and went for security assistance, Vitter backed down.
"In a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings
the next day, I accidentally went through a wrong door at the
gate. I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but
it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out
to be," Vitter said in a written statement. According to
The Hotline, the Transportation Security Administration
has opened an investigation of the incident. Vitter was ensnared
as a client in the highly publicized "DC Madam" escort
ring scandal two years ago.
HOUSE. President Barack Obama has tapped Assistant Secretary
of State Christopher Hill to be the next US Ambassador to Iraq,
and Army Lieutenant General Karl Eikenberry to become the new
US Ambassador to Afghanistan.
Conservative activist Peg Luksik will seek the Republication nomination
for US Senate in 2010. Luksik, an anti-abortion activist, has
run three times for Governor. In her announcement, Luksik said
incumbent Arlen Specter (R) is insufficiently conservative. Former
Congressman Pat Toomey -- who lost to Specter by a 51-49 vote
in the 2004 primary -- is also expected to enter the race this
month.. Luksik and Toomey will likely split the conservative base.
She told the Star Tribune that Toomey told her last month
that he wouldn't challenge Specter, and she expects him to honor
his comments. However, since then, Toomey says Specter's vote
in support of the stimulus plan was a "betrayal" of
conservative values. Luksik called on Toomey to stay out of the
race, saying his entrance now would help give Specter a primary
win. She vowed to remain in the race if Toomey also runs.
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DODD POSTS WEAK NUMBERS; REPUBLICANS ORGANIZING TO DUMP STEELE;
CASTLE LEADS BEAU BIDEN.
US Senator Chris Dodd (D) continues to see his support drop as
he is ensnared in controversy related to purported sweetheart
mortgage deals from companies his Senate committee regulated.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows former Congressman Rob
Simmons (R) leading Dodd by a 43-42 vote. Simmons, who was defeated
for re-election in 2006, is looking at the Senate race. Dodd leads
State Senator Sam Caliguiri (R) -- another potential challenger
-- by a 47-34 vote. Dodd also leads CNBC show host Larry Kudlow
(R) by a 46-34 vote.
According to Political Wire, well-placed GOP sources say a no
confidence vote is being organized for the purpose of dumping
recently elected RNC Chair Michael Steele. He stumbled in his
brief public squabble with Rush Limbaugh (and quick apology after
the backlash). Many RNC members are concerned that Steele seemingly
lacks a focus for reviving the party. South Carolina Republican
Chair Katon Dawson -- who finished a close second behind Steele
in the January chairmanship election -- is reportedly one of those
organizing the no confidence vote.
Congressman Mike Castle (R) leads Attorney General Beau Biden
(D) by a 44-36 vote for the 2010 special election to fill the
US Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden (D). Interim
US Senator Ted Kaufman (D) has already announced he will not run
and supports Biden for the seat. Castle -- a former Governor and
GOP centrist -- has expressed no interest to date in the Senate
seat. In fact, Castle seems likely to seek reelection next year.
However, as Castle is likely to face a tough reelection challenge
next year from former Lieutenant Governor John Carney (D), he
may instead jump into the Senate race. Biden, an Iraq War veteran,
is all but certain to seek the Senate seat.
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OBAMA LIFTS STEM CELL RESEARCH BAN; RUSH VS NEWT; HAWAII CONGRESSMAN
RUNS FOR GOV; McCAIN DAUGHTER SLAMS ANN COULTER.
CELL RESEARCH. As Congressional Republicans led a firestorm
against President Barack Obama for his lifting President Bush's
restrictions on stem cell research, Obama did get powerful Republican
endorsement from former First Lady Nancy Reagan. “I’m
very grateful that President Obama has lifted the restrictions
on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. These new
rules will now make it possible for scientists to move forward.
I urge researchers to make use of the opportunities that are available
to them and to do all they can to fulfill the promise that stem
cell research offers ... Countless people, suffering from many
different diseases, stand to benefit from the answers stem cell
research can provide. We owe it to ourselves and to our children
to do everything in our power to find cures for these diseases
-- and soon. As I’ve said before, time is short, and life
is precious," she wrote in her written statement.
REPUBLICANS. More Rush Limbaugh news. The conservative
commentator is lashing out at former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich
(R-GA), a potential 2012 White House candidate. “I'm frankly
getting tired of talking about Newt. I mean, it's a pointless
exercise ... I'm surprised by nothing when I'm dealing with people
in the media who think they're in politics. I mean, next week
Newt could come out and profess his total admiration and love
for me if it would serve his purposes," said Limbaugh. "They're
running TV ads against me. Newt Gingrich wishes they were running
TV ads against him." The comments came in response to some
critical remarks Gingrich made over the weekend about Limbaugh,
saying anyone wishing the President to "fail" was "irrational."
Meanwhile, CNN show host D.L. Hughley criticized RNC Chair Michael
Steele for backing down from the anti-Limbaugh remarks he made
on Hughley's show. “Why is the name 'Steele'? You should
call him aluminum -- he folded that fast. I don't understand.
Does Rush Limbaugh run the GOP? It seems like it to me,”
Congressman Neil Abercrombie (D) announced his candidacy for Governor,
promising to run a change campaign modeled after the recent Obama
campaign. Abercrombie is the first Democrat to announce for the
open gubernatorial race. Several other Democrats are also looking
at the race. Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona (R) is also an announced
candidate. Three Democrats -- former Congressman Ed Case, State
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, and Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann
-- are each trying to decide whether they will run for Governor
or for Abercrombie's open CD-1 seat next year. Governor Linda
Lingle (R) is term-limited.
(FAMILY). Blogger Meghan McCain wrote a pretty interesting
entry this weekend. The US Senator's daughter was one of his most
visible campaign supporters on the trail last year, often stumping
for him at college campuses across the country. She says that
President Obama is “the hippest politician around”
and says being a Republican is “about as edgy as Donny Osmond.”
Most interesting were her comments on right-wing pundit Ann Coulter.
Meghan blasted Coulter for working to “perpetuate negative
stereotypes” about Republican women. “I straight up
don’t understand this woman or her popularity. I find her
offensive, radical, insulting, and confusing all at the same time,”
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NETROOTS PUSH DR. DEAN FOR SURGEON GENERAL; D.A. TARGETS BURRIS;
SPECTER PONDERS PARTY SWITCH.
CABINET. Supporters of former Vermont Governor and former
DNC Chair Howard
Dean pushed hard to get him appointed to the Cabinet as US Health
Secretary. President Barack Obama passed over Dean and instead
selected Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius last week. Now -- with
the withdrawal of CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta
from consideration as US Surgeon General -- Dean backers are once
again lobbying for "Dr. Dean" to get the job. Dean has
not expressed any interest in the post nor has the Obama Administration
discussed it with him
The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Sangamon County
State's Attorney John Schmidt is seeking FBI tapes of phone conversations
between embattled US Senator Roland Burris (D) and former Governor
Rod Blagojevich's brother. Robert Blagojevich chaired the former
Governor's campaign fundraising arm and reportedly had secret
conversations -- recorded by the FBI -- in which he asked Burris
for campaign money in exchange for the Senate appointment. Schmidt
seemingly believes the tapes may prove Burris committed perjury
in his sworn testimony in January before the Illinois Legislature's
The Hill reported that US Senator Arlen Specter (R) is
a potential party-switcher before the 2010 elections. Independent
polling shows Specter would have a very hard time winning a contested
GOP primary against a conservative challenger. Former Congressman
Pat Toomey (R), who lost 51-49 to Specter in the 2004 primary,
will announce his candidacy for the seat this month. Polls show
Specter has significantly more support from Pennsylvania Democrats
than he does from Republicans. Our own Ron Gunzburger spoke this
weekend with a long-time Specter political consultant, who said
a possible party switch to the Democrats is on the table -- along
with other options. Pennsylvania law -- unlike Connecticut --
does not allow Specter to run as an Independent in the general
election if he loses the GOP primary.
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VITTER PRIMARY CHALLENGES FADE; MN COURT SAYS NO INTERIM CERTIFICATE
FOR FRANKEN; ALABAMA GOV RACE NEWS; AND SPECTER-TOOMEY REMATCH
Congressman John Cooksey (R) announced this week he will not challenge
US Senator David Vitter (R) in next year's primary. Vitter is
viewed as potentially vulnerable after he was named as a regular
client two years ago in the "DC Madam" prostitution
ring scandal. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins --
a former State Representative and '02 candidate -- told The
Rothenberg Political Report he is still considering the race
but is leaning against running. Secretary of State Jay Dardenne
(R) is also a potential GOP primary challenger, but he also appears
to be leaning against running. Dems looking at the race include
former Governor Kathleen Blanco, Congressman Charlie Melancon,
former Congressmen Don Cazayoux and Chris John, businessman Jim
Bernhard, and Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. A Research 2000
poll this week shows Vitter leading Dardenne by a 43-32 vote in
a GOP primary matchup. In a general election contest, Vitter leads
Melancon by a 48-41 vote. Vitter had a 49% approval rating versus
a 42% disapproval rating.
The Minnesota Supreme Court on Friday denied humorist Al Franken
(D) a provisional certificate of election. Instead, the court
wants to fully adjudicate the issues from former US Senator Norm
Coleman's (R) legal challenge to Franken's apparent 225 vote victory
last year before issuing the certificate. A final ruling is expected
Political sources in Alabama say Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom
Jr. (D) has decided to run for Governor next year, and his friend
State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D) will announce his
candidacy next week for Lieutenant Governor. No word on when Folsom
plans to make his announcement, but Sparks has said repeatedly
he would not run against Folsom. Congressman
Artur Davis (D) is already an announced candidate for Governor.
Folsom previously served as Governor in 1993-95. At least a dozen
prominent Republicans are also looking at the open gubernatorial
contest but, to date, real estate developer and '02 candidate
Tim James is the only announced GOP candidate.
According to the Allentown Morning Call, former Congressman
Pat Toomey (R) -- president of the fiscal conservative Club for
Growth PAC -- has decided to seek a rematch next year against
centrist US Senator Arlen Specter in the GOP primary. The newspaper
said several close Toomey political allies -- who were named and
confirmed the story -- said Toomey has directly informed them
of his plans. Specter defeated Toomey by a 51-49 vote in the 2004
primary. Toomey is expected to make his official announcement
within the next two weeks. Toomey was reportedly angered by Specter's
recent vote in support of the Obama stimulus package. Specter
has faced serious cancer-related health problems since the 2004
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BILL DALEY TO CHALLENGE BURRIS; ED ROLLINS SAYS REPUBLICANS ARE
"IRRELEVENT" AND WITHOUT IDEAS.
The Hill reports former US Commerce Secretary Bill Daley (D) --
brother of Chicago Mayor Rich Daley -- is expected to shortly
jump into the 2010 race against embattled US Senator Roland Burris
(D). State Treasurer Alexi
Giannoulias (D) already an announced challenger. Other media reports
suggest Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D) and Congressmen Mark
Kirk (R) and Peter Roskam (R) are all interested in the race if
a special election is called as each could run without risking
their current House seats . However, all three are reported to
be leaning against running if the contest is a regular election
in 2010, as would have to give up House seats to run. Daley would
be viewed as the heavy frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Former Reagan White House political director Ed Rollins -- who
also served as Mike Huckabee's campaign manager in 2008 -- wrote
a rather controversial column for CNN on Thursday. He called the
debate over Rush Limbaugh's influence in the party as "idiotic"
because it avoids solving the real problems facing his party.
"Who represents the [Republican] Party or its values is not
relevant when only 26% of voters have a positive impression of
the party at all ... Republicans are not relevant. We just lost
two back-to-back elections (2006 and 2008), and obviously, what
we are selling, the voters aren't buying. In the midst of the
most severe economic crisis in my lifetime, we have a President
who is taking the country on a dramatic sea change. This is what
he said he would do and he is doing it. And where are Republicans?
Right now we don't have the alternative ideas, a message or, more
important, the messenger ... For the foreseeable future, the Republican
Party is in the position of being the minority party. Until it
nominates a candidate who can attract new voters and expand the
base vote of the party, it will stay there. We are a party that
needs ideas, new leaders and an inroad into young people and their
thinking. That doesn't mean we have to abandon our old ideas or
quit fighting the president's policies when we don't believe in
them. But we have a lot of work to do," opined Rollins.
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CONGRESSMAN BARRETT RUNS FOR SC GOV; CORZINE TRAILING; JERRY BROWN
REDUX; AND SOME HUMOR.
CAROLINA. Congressman Gresham Barrett (R) announced his
candidacy for Governor on Wednesday. While Barrett was safe within
his CD-3 district, he is not well known statewide and will not
begin as a frontrunner. Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer and Attorney
General Henry McMaster are both expected to enter the GOP contest
shortly and are viewed as the early frontrunners. State Senator
Vincent Sheheen (D) and college professor Brent Nelson (R) are
already announced candidates for Governor. Others looking at the
open gubernatorial race include lobbyist Carroll Campbell III
(R), former State Democratic Chair Joe Erwin, State Superintendent
of Education Jim Rex (D), former State Superintendent of Education
Inez Tenenbaum (D), and a handful of state legislators. Governor
Mark Sanford (R) is term-limited. Several GOP state legislators
are also expected to jump into the contest for the solidly Republican
JERSEY. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll shows
former US Attorney Chris Christie (R) leading Governor Jon Corzine
(D) by a 41-32 vote in this year's election. The poll also showed
Corzine now has a 46% disapproval rating.
Lake Research -- a Dem polling firm not yet retained
for any candidate in the race -- conducted a poll on next year's
Democratic gubernatorial primary. The numbers: Attorney General
Jerry Brown - 27%, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom - 20%, Los
Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa - 14%, Lieutenant Governor
John Garamendi - 8%, former State Controller Steve Westly - 3%,
State Superintendent of Schools Jack O'Connell - 1%.
Check our this spoof Lou
Dobbs for New Jersey Governor website. Very funny!
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QUIGLEY WINS IL CD-5 PRIMARY; NORM COLEMAN ASKS FOR "DO-OVER";
PALIN FOE JOINS OBAMA ADMIN; PATERSON PLUMMENTS; WATTS PONDERS
Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley won the 12-way Democratic
special election primary to fill the vacant CD-5 congressional
seat, finishing first with 23%. State Representative John Fritchey
narrowly edged out State Representative Sara Feigenholtz for second
place, as both captured roughly 17% apiece. With most votes counted,
Illinois Minuteman Project Founder Rosanna Pulido -- a vocal anti-immigration
activist -- appeared likely to win the six-way GOP primary with
25%. Peace activist Matt Reichel seemingly won a narrow victory
for the Green nomination. Due to the district's electoral history,
Quigley is expected to score a landslide win in the April 7 special
Attorneys for former US Senator Norm Coleman (R) apparently conceded
in a court brief filed this week that Coleman is unlikely to overcome
humorist Al Franken's (D) narrow 225-vote lead. In a new pleading
filed with the court, Coleman's attorneys asked to have a new
election held between Franken and Coleman. "Some courts have
held that when the number of illegal votes exceeds the margin
between the candidates -- and it cannot be determined for which
candidate those illegal votes were cast -- the most appropriate
remedy is to set aside the election," argued the legal brief.
State Senator Kim Elton (D) -- one of the most vocal
state legislators in seeking an ethics investigation last year
of Governor Sarah Palin (R) -- is resigning to become Director
of Alaska Affairs in the US Department of the Interior. “Senator
Elton pledged his allegiance to President Obama last summer. We
wish him well as he moves on and hope that he uses this job for
Alaska’s benefit, ” said Palin. She was investigated
for firing the State Public Safety Commissioner because he wouldn't
fire Palin's former brother-in-law.
YORK. Governor David Paterson (D) continues to appear
highly vulnerable, according to the latest independent poll. According
to the new Marist University poll, Paterson's approval rating
has dived to just 26%. The poll also shows Paterson losing to
former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani (R) by a 53% to 38% vote.
Other recent polls show Paterson trailing Attorney General Andrew
Cuomo in a speculative Democratic primary contest.
Former college football star and four-term Congressman J.C. Watts
Jr. -- who served as the fourth-ranking Republican in the House
Majority Leadership before his surprise retirement in 2002 --
is now exploring a run for Governor. According to several media
reports, Watts was spotting meeting this week with top Republicans
in the state capitol. Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R), Lieutenant
Governor Jari Askins (D), and Attorney General Drew Edmondson
(D) are already announced candidates. Governor Brad Henry (D)
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IL CD-5 PRIMARY DAY; STEELE SURRENDERS TO RUSH IN WAR OF WORDS;
TOOMEY LOOKING AT SPECTER PRIMARY REMATCH; CT & IL '10 US
SENATE UPDATES; BLAGO CASHES IN SENATE SEAT.
Voters go to the polls on Tuesday to cast primary ballots in the
CD-5 special election primary. Fourteen Democrats, six Republicans
and four Greens will appear on the ballot. The winner of the Democratic
primary is certain to win this safely Dem seat in the April 7
special election. The Democratic frontrunners are believed to
be State Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and John Fritchey, Cook
County Commissioner Mike Quigley and Chicago Alderman Pat O'Connor.
The seat became vacant when Congressman Rahm Emanuel (D) resigned
to become the new White House Chief of Staff.
OF STEELE. Republican National Chairman
Michael Steele and conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh exchanged
sharp words. For the past few weeks, the White House and other
leading Democrats have described the bombastic Limbaugh as "the
de facto leader of the Republican Party." On Saturday during
an appearance on CNN, Steele chafed at the description. Here is
what he said: "Rush Limbaugh is an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh's
whole thing is entertainment. Yes, it is incendiary. Yes, it is
ugly." On Monday, a seething Limbaugh fired back during his
national radio show. "I hope the RNC Chairman will realize
he’s not a talking head pundit, that he is supposed to be
working on the grassroots and rebuilding it ... It’s time,
Mr. Steele, for you to go behind the scenes and start doing the
work that you were elected to do instead of trying to be some
talking head media star, which you’re having a tough time
pulling off ... I'm not in charge of the Republican Party, and
I don't want to be. I would be embarrassed to say that I'm in
charge of the Republican Party in the sad-sack state that it's
in," said Limbaugh. On Monday evening Steele publicly apologized
to Limbaugh. "I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh.
I was maybe a little bit inarticulate ... There was no attempt
on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership," said
Steele to Politico.
Pat Toomey (R) -- who announced in January that he was thinking
of running for Governor next year, but would not seek a rematch
against US Senator Arlen Specter in the 2010 GOP primary -- has
had a change of heart. Toomey, president of of the conservative
Club for Growth, now says he is "seriously" considering
running against Specter because of Specter's vote last month in
support of the Obama stimulus package. Specter defeated Toomey
by a 51-49 vote in the 2004 primary -- and a new independent poll
out this week shows that nearly two-thirds of GOP primary voters
say they plan to vote for a conservative primary challenger against
Specter next year.
State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) announced his candidacy
on Monday for the US Senate seat currently held by embattled interim
incumbent Roland Burris (D). Former US Senator Peter Fitzgerald
(R), who retired in 2004 rather than seek a second term in the
wake of weak poll numbers, acknowledged Monday that he is also
thinking about running for the seat.
CNBC financial advice show host Larry Kudlow (R) is considering
running next year against US Senator Chris Dodd (D). Recent polls
suggest Dodd may be vulnerable. Former Congressman Rob Simmons
(R) is also looking at the race.
Ousted former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) has finally
managed to get some cash in his pocket from appointing someone
to that open US Senate seat last December. Blagojevich signed
a "six-figure" book deal to write his autobiography.
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SEBELIUS TO JOIN OBAMA CABINET; ROMNEY WINS CPAC STRAW BALLOT;
FALLIN RUNS FOR OKLA GOV; BURRIS LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN WEBSITE.
CABINET. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D) will be
named the next US Secretary of Health and Human Services on Monday.
Sebelius, the daughter of former Ohio Governor John Gilligan (D),
is term-limited in 2010. The DSCC has hoped to recruit her to
run for the open US Senate seat next year -- but this move appears
to eliminate that option.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) was the
winner at this weekend's influential CPAC Conference. The following
are the results of the CPAC poll on the 2012 GOP Presidential
race: Romney - 20%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal - 14%, Congressman
Ron Paul - 13%, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin - 13%, former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich - 10%, and former Arkansas Governor Mike
Huckabee - 7%. Governors Mark Sanford (R-SC), Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)
and Charlie Crist (R-FL) were also on the ballot, but scored negligible
results. Neither Palin or Jindal attendanded the CPAC conference.
Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R) -- a former Lieutenant Governor
-- this weekend became the first Republican to jump into the open
2010 gubernatorial race.
Embattled interim US Senator Roland Burris (D) launched a campaign
website last week. Democratic leaders are trying to convince
Burris to announce he won't be a candidate next year for the seat.
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