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February 18, 2014

Freshman California Democrat to Run for County Supervisor

Freshman California Democrat to Run for County Supervisor

McLeod won't seek a second term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in California’s 35th District, instead opting for a bid for county supervisor back home in the Golden State.

“I have chosen to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and not reelection to Congress,” Negrete McLeod said in a news release. “This was a decision not made lightly. However my desire to represent this community locally, where I have lived for more than forty years, and where I have long served as an elected official, won out. My federal, state, and local experience will allow me the opportunity to effectively represent the constituents of the Fourth District.”

CQ Roll Call reported last month that Negrete McLeod, 72, was mulling a bid for San Bernadino County supervisor. Democratic officials said the position, which oversees one of the largest counties in California, has arguably more power than a sophomore member of Congress in the minority.

Negrete McLeod’s announcement came minutes after fellow Democratic Rep. Rush D. Holt of New Jersey announced his own retirement. They are the latest two in a long list of House members who will not be returning next cycle.

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Rush Holt Announces Retirement

Rush Holt Announces Retirement

Holt will not seek a ninth term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Rush D. Holt, the New Jersey Democrat who last year lost a special-election primary to now-Sen. Cory Booker, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to a ninth term.

Holt, a physicist-turned-congressman, is the third member of the New Jersey delegation to either resign or not seek re-election in 2014. His 12th District, which includes Trenton, is not competitive for Republicans.

“There is no hidden motive for my decision,” Holt said in a statement to supporters. “As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”

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Top Democrat Enters Special Election for Andrews Seat in New Jersey

Top Democrat Enters Special Election for Andrews Seat in New Jersey

Andrews is a Democrat from New Jersey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic state Sen. Donald Norcross announced Monday in Bellmawr, N.J., his candidacy for the state’s 1st District.

Norcross is running in the special election to replace Rep. Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., who announced his resignation earlier this month. Andrews’ resignation is effective Tuesday. Full story

Internal Poll: Wendy Greuel Tops Field for House Race in California

Former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel boasts a lead in the crowded field to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., in the 33rd District, according to her own survey provided first to CQ Roll Call.

The poll showed Greuel, one of three Democrats in the contest, with support from 29 percent of likely primary voters in the race. Her survey also showed her top competitor, state Sen. Ted Lieu, with 21 percent of the likely primary vote.

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February 14, 2014

Former Clinton Aide Announces Bid for Waxman’s Seat

Matt Miller, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and current Washington Post columnist, announced a bid for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman on Friday.

With his announcement, Miller becomes the third Democrat to announce a bid for the district, located in the heart of Los Angeles County.

“I’m a proud Democrat; but too often, politicians in both parties care more about winning elections than solving problems. We have to tackle huge challenges – from the runaway costs of college and health care, to the threats of climate change, the shortage of good jobs and internationally lagging schools,” Miller said in a release. “Getting serious about these challenges means embracing bold ideas – the kind of fresh thinking we aren’t likely to get from career politicians. I’m running for Congress because it’s time to expect more.”

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Governor to Reid: ‘None of Your Damn Business’ Whom I Appoint to Senate

Governor to Reid: None of Your Damn Business Whom I Appoint to Senate

Walsh was sworn into the Senate on Feb. 11. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to mind his own “damn business” when the Nevada Democrat phoned him last year in an effort to influence his appointment to succeed Max Baucus in the Senate.

According to an account in the Helena Independent Record, Bullock told Montana reporters about his terse words with Reid. The phone call occurred before the administration’s announcement that Baucus would be nominated to be ambassador to China.

The Nevada Democrat had a big stake in the electability of Bullock’s pick. Reid’s party can lose no more than five Senate races to maintain his majority leader status, and the open-seat contest in Montana is one of the GOP’s top pickup opportunities in November. Full story

February 13, 2014

Tierney Primary Challenger: I’m Being Encouraged to Run (Video)

The candidate: Veteran Seth Moulton, a Democrat.
The member: Nine-term Rep. John F. Tierney, D-Mass.
The district: Massachusetts’ 6th District, located in the northeast corner of the state, is a reliably Democratic district. But past ethics inquiries into Tierney’s personal finances make him a uniquely vulnerable Democrat. Tierney faces Moulton and Democrat Marisa DeFranco in a Democratic primary. The primary victor will likely face former state Sen. Richard Tisei in the general.
The candidate’s team: Mark Mellman (polling), Dover Strategy Group (mail), Scott Ferson (general consultant), Joe Trippi (senior adviser), Max Glass (campaign manager), Carrie James Rankin (communications director).

Iraq War veteran Seth Moulton, a Democrat challenging nine-term Rep. John F. Tierney in a Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ 6th District, says he is being strongly encouraged to run by members of his own party.

“If I had a penny for everyone who’s whispered in my ear to say, ‘We want you to win the primary. We may not be able to publicly support you, but we’d really like you to win this because Congressman Tierney is a liability in this seat,’ my fundraising numbers would be even better than they are,” Moulton said in an interview with CQ Roll Call this month.

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February 12, 2014

Democrats Endorse Documentary Filmmaker for Owens’ Seat

Democrats Endorse Documentary Filmmaker for Owens Seat

Aaron Woolf (Courtesy 21st District Democratic Committee)

A political quagmire on the Democratic bench in New York’s open 21st District has emboldened Republicans in a district that was already a GOP pick-up opportunity.

On Wednesday, local Democratic officials unanimously endorsed Aaron Woolf, a documentary filmmaker from Elizabethtown, N.Y., in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Bill Owens.

Woolf’s endorsement from the 21st District’s 12 county chairmen came after some high-profile Democrats, including former Rep. Scott Murphy, D-N.Y., declined bids for the seat.

Sheila Comar, chairwoman of the Washington County party, said in a statement that Woolf was the best candidate to continue Owens’ “work to protect our seniors and the Medicare guarantee, middle class families, and reflect the independent spirit that makes the North Country strong. Woolf is a problem solver who will take a commonsense approach and is committed to working together to find solutions that create more jobs and spur New York’s economy.”

Republicans said the thin bench of candidates to choose from indicates Democrats are not hopeful they can hold on to the upstate New York seat. Full story

Northern Va. Dems Opt for Nominating Convention for Wolf Seat

Northern Virginia Democrats are utilizing a nominating tactic more commonly associated with state Republicans to choose the party’s nominee in a nationally targeted district.

Seeking to bolster its chances at winning the open 10th District seat, the local party decided last weekend to choose a nominee by convention rather than a primary. The rare move limits the number of people who will decide the party’s general election candidate and moves up the nomination process by nearly two months.

Party leaders in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District Democratic Committee hope the earlier date and limited universe of voters will allow their eventual nominee to avoid a costly primary and instead focus on the November general.

“Our committee had a very thoughtful conversation about this, and we just feel very strongly that we need a nominee as soon as possible, and we need to help our eventual nominee conserve resources,” said Charlie Jackson, chairman of Virginia’s 10th District Democratic Party. “Whoever our nominee is can conserve those resources so we spend them in a general election and not against ourselves.”

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February 11, 2014

Democratic Super PAC Airs First Ad in Florida Special Election

House Majority PAC, a super PAC dedicated to elected House Democrats, is up with its first ad in the highly competitive special election in Florida’s 13th District.

The ad attacks the Republican nominee, lobbyist David Jolly. It’s part of a $650,000 investment that House Majority PAC made in the race.

The spot, called “Privatize,” takes shots at Jolly’s lobbying career and his position on Social Security. The latter charge targets a crucial demographic to win the St. Petersburg-based district: voters over 65 years old.

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February 10, 2014

Vote on Pryor Bill Just the Start of Senate’s 2014 Political Madness (Updated)

Vote on Pryor Bill Just the Start of Senates 2014 Political Madness (Updated)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 6:28 p.m. | It’s officially open political vote season on the Senate floor, and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., is the latest vulnerable 2014 incumbent to benefit from Majority Leader Harry Reid’s power of the calendar.

The Senate voted Monday evening on legislation championed by Pryor — and co-sponsored by five Democrats who also are in-cycle — to repeal $6 billion in cost-of-living adjustments to military pensions agreed to in the 2013 bipartisan budget agreement. The legislation, which is not offset by spending cuts elsewhere, is unlikely to garner any Republican support in its current form, even though GOP senators moved to open debate Monday. Republicans likely would object to spending increases and to date have not offered Democrats alternatives they would accept. But Reid circumvented a committee markup to bring the bill straight to the floor so Democrats could record an up-or-down vote. The result? Just one of many votes Democratic leaders hope to hold in the months to come to benefit their most embattled members.

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Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Leader to Vie for Waxman Seat (Updated)

Updated 2:30 p.m. | Elan S. Carr, a veteran, Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the head of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, will announce his bid Monday for the open California 33rd District seat, according to an email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

AEPi is a prominent, international Jewish fraternity, and Carr is currently the supreme master. With his announcement, Carr would likely become the first Republican to announce a bid for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman in this solidly Democratic, Los Angeles-based district.

“With the retirement of legendary Congressman Henry A. Waxman, West Los Angeles faces an historic election for an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Carr said in an email to the AEPi fraternity. “After consulting with a team of political professionals and reaching out to supporters, Dahlia and I have decided to enter that race.”

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February 7, 2014

Democratic Super PAC to Defend Joe Garcia

House Majority PAC, a Democratic-aligned super PAC, is making an approximately $90,000 ad buy in Miami next week to defend Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla.

The group’s move to buy a week of airtime is intended to match conservative outside group Americans for Prosperity’s media campaign against Garcia. The conservative super PAC announced last week a $400,000 media campaign in three Florida House districts, including Garcia’s 26th.

The new ad that will air was not immediately available. House Majority PAC’s buy will begin on Wednesday and run for a week. Full story

Jesse Ferguson Named DCCC Independent Expenditure Director

Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Steve Israel announced Friday that Jesse Ferguson, a longtime staffer, will be the committee’s independent expenditure director in 2014.

This position is tasked with spending tens of millions of dollars late in the campaign. But, like other IE directors, campaign finance law will prohibit Ferguson from directly coordinating with committee staff.

“Jesse Ferguson has a relentless approach to strategizing and winning tough campaigns making him an excellent leader of the IE team,” Israel said. “Jesse has an unmatched understanding of the 2014 battlefield and the experience to elect problem solving Democrats to Congress.” Full story

Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them

Biden Boasts Democrats Want Him to Campaign for Them

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. speaks with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Del. Donna Christensen, D-V.I., and Del. Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam, before President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As he discussed his interest in a run for the presidency in 2016, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. noted Friday that he is in demand on the stump in the midterm elections.

In an interview with CNN’s Kate Bolduan where he said he could not see any reason not to run for president, Biden acknowledged that there are some states where President Barack Obama didn’t win in 2012, and senators from those states may not want the president to come.

But Biden said he personally is in demand.

“I’ve been invited to go into, well over 128 races so far,” he said. “And so there are some places the president is considerably more popular than I am, but there’s some places where I can go in and the president can’t. There are some places where it makes no sense for me to go in or for the president to go in.”

Biden also wouldn’t predict a Democratic takeover in the House.

“I’m not suggesting you won’t have a divided Congress,” Biden said. “But in terms of the prospects of Democrats running for Congress, incumbents in the Senate, I think we are in the best shape we can be, because the American public agrees with us on the issues.” Full story

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