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June 25, 2013

Inouye’s Legacy in the Hawaii Special Election #HISEN

Inouyes Legacy in the Hawaii Special Election #HISEN

Inouye's legacy lives on with his staff. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There is no question that the Inouye name will have a presence in next year’s Hawaii Senate special election; the only question is how much it will affect the race.

Irene Hirano Inouye, the widow of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, endorsed Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary back in May. And on Monday, Inouye signed her name to an EMILY’s List email asking for donations for Hanabusa’s bid against appointed Sen. Brian Schatz.

“I have full confidence that Colleen will serve Hawai’i in the way the people deserve — with honorable leadership and continued respect,” Inouye said in the email. “This is not the time for on-the-job-training.”

Meanwhile, Peter Boylan, a former deputy chief of staff to Inouye, said last week that he would be helping Hanabusa’s campaign as a spokesman. And the Honolulu Civil Beat reported Monday that former Inouye Chief of Staff Jennifer Sabas will also help Hanabusa’s campaign. Full story

June 24, 2013

Hoyer Backs Margolies Comeback #PA13

Hoyer Backs Margolies Comeback #PA13

Hoyer endorsed his former colleague in a primary. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies, D-Pa., has picked up the endorsement of the No. 2 House Democrat for her comeback bid in Pennsylvania’s 13th District.

On Monday, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer endorsed Margolies, who served with Hoyer in the House for one term. The Maryland Democrat described Margolies as “one of the most hard-working and courageous individuals I ever served with in Congress” in a statement from her campaign.

In 1993, Margolies cast the 218th vote to pass then-President Bill Clinton’s deficit reduction plan. Her vote ultimately cost Margolies re-election the next year.

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June 20, 2013

Super PAC Targets McConnell #KYSEN

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the target of a negative media campaign that will run from now until Election Day 2014, a Democrat-aligned super PAC announced on Thursday.

Senate Majority PAC and its nonprofit affiliate Patriot Majority USA launched a “major” statewide TV buy to kick off the effort against the Kentucky Republican, who is seeking a sixth term next year.

 

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Senate Democrats Raised $4.9M in May (Updated)

Updated 4:00 p.m. | The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced raising $4.9 million last month and ending May with “nearly $10 million” on hand.

“We still have a very long road to travel, but we are off to a strong start,” DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil said.

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June 18, 2013

Retiring Baucus Donates $100K to DSCC

Retiring Baucus Donates $100K to DSCC

Baucus will retire next year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., cut a $100,000 check on Tuesday to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to a source familiar with his campaign.

Baucus had nearly $4.9 million in his campaign account as of March 30, three weeks before announcing he would not seek a seventh term. He donated $470,000 to the DSCC last cycle, according to Center for Responsive Politics, not counting the money he raised on the committee’s behalf. Full story

June 14, 2013

Super PAC Ads Hit Back at Markey #MASEN

The first Republican-aligned super PAC to hit the TV airwaves in the Massachusetts Senate special election released its two advertisements Thursday evening.

The Americans for Progressive Action ads are part of a reported $700,000 media buy on behalf of Republican Gabriel Gomez, who is being thoroughly outspent by Rep. Edward J. Markey and his Democratic allies.

The ads are similar, mention both candidates and attempt to contrast the two opponents. But their themes are quite different — one hits Markey for allegedly distorting facts about Gomez, while the other is critical of Markey’s vote to give the Internal Revenue Service a role in implementing the health care overhaul.

Watch “Truth and Honor” here:

 

Watch “Enforce” here: Full story

June 13, 2013

Competitive House Race Surfaces in Maine | The Field #ME02

Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaud’s Thursday announcement that he is exploring a run for governor in Maine could spark crowded primaries for his competitive 2nd District.

Michaud has won that district with comfortable margins for six terms, but his seat could be competitive if he launches a gubernatorial bid. President Barack Obama won it with 53 percent last year.

“This obviously becomes a nationally targeted race if Michaud runs for governor,” said Erik Potholm, a Republican consultant who has worked extensively in Maine politics. “For Republicans, it’s a tremendous opportunity to pick up a new seat, because the … rural areas [located in the district] do really well for Republicans.”

Local and national Republican operatives rattled off several potential GOP candidates who could run in the 2nd District. Full story

Mike Michaud Exploring Bid for Governor in Maine #MEGOV #ME02

Rep. Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, announced Thursday that he is officially exploring a run for governor.

“During the last few months, I’ve been deeply honored by the countless Mainers across the state — Democrats, Republicans and independents alike — who have asked me to consider a run for governor,” Michaud said in a video on his campaign website. “I’ve listened and I heard their frustrations and concerns about the lack of real leadership in our state.”

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June 12, 2013

Top GOP Recruit Won’t Challenge Rahall #WV03

Top GOP Recruit Wont Challenge Rahall #WV03

Rahall is a top GOP target in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican state Sen. Bill Cole announced on a local radio show this week that he will not run against Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, D-W.Va., in the 3rd District.

“While I believe that now is the time for a new kind of leader to represent the 3rd District of West Virginia, I believe that I have an obligation to continue to serve those who put their trust in me by electing me to the state Senate,” Cole said later in a news release. “It is for that reason alone that I have decided not to run for a national office at this time.”

Cole’s decision is a blow for Republicans, who had been recruiting Cole since April. Rahall tops the National Republican Congressional Committee’s target list in 2014. Full story

Senate Special Could Start Democratic Domino Effect | The Field #NJ06, #NJ12

Senate Special Could Start Democratic Domino Effect | The Field #NJ06, #NJ12

Pallone will run in the special election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Rush D. Holt face tough odds in the Senate special election in New Jersey. A recent poll of the race to replace the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., showed Newark Mayor Cory Booker leading his fellow Democrats by a wide margin.

But in the unlikely case that either Democratic House member wins, a crowded primary would follow in their House districts. Pallone and Holt have held these safe Democratic districts for much of the past two decades, so there is a long list of Democrats who have been waiting to run for these seats.

Democrats mentioned the following potential candidates who could run for Pallone’s seat in the 6th District: Full story

June 10, 2013

Poll: Booker Starts Special Election Way Ahead #NJSEN

A Quinnipiac University poll released Monday morning found Newark Mayor Cory Booker with a substantial lead over his Democratic primary opponents in the New Jersey Senate special election.

As the most well-known of three Democrats expected to qualify for the primary, Booker took 53 percent, Rep. Rush D. Holt took 10 percent and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. received 9 percent. Twenty-three percent were undecided.

Booker’s name recognition and positive image — 57 percent view him favorably, 14 percent unfavorably — pushed him to the front of the pack at the starting gun of the two-month sprint to the nomination. Petitions to qualify for the primary ballots are due at 4 p.m. Monday. The primary is scheduled for Aug. 13, and the special election will take place Oct. 16. Full story

June 6, 2013

Endorsement Squabble Continues in California Race (Updated) #CA31

Updated June 7, 11:04 a.m. | The debacle over former Rep. Joe Baca’s announced endorsements continued Thursday, when four local leaders declined to support the Democrat’s candidacy for California’s 31st District anymore.

Baca touted these four local leaders on a lengthy endorsement sheet a few weeks back. But now they’re backing one of Baca’s Democratic challengers, lawyer Eloise Gomez Reyes, according to an endorsement announcement provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call by her campaign.

The defectors include former Baca staffer and community college trustee Jess Vizcaino, Inland Empire Utilities Agency Director Angel Santiago, and local businessmen Gary Liaou and Leno Moreno.

“I saw them on his list and I called them because they have endorsed me,” Reyes said in a Thursday phone interview. “And there’s no question that they have been supporters of Joe’s in the past, but they are supporting me. Many of us have supported Joe in the past, but it is time for something different, a fresh perspective in Washington.”

In an interview with CQ Roll Call, Baca called Reyes’ endorsement release an attempt to mischaracterize him and attack his integrity.

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June 5, 2013

Democrats Line Up for Senate Special Election #NJSEN

Democrats Line Up for Senate Special Election #NJSEN

Holt will run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At least two Democratic members of Congress from New Jersey are likely to run in the special election to fill the remaining term of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J.

No one has officially entered the race yet; Lautenberg’s funeral was held Wednesday and he’ll be buried on Friday. But the Monday deadline to file petitions to make it onto the Aug. 13 primary ballot is forcing potential candidates to move quickly behind the scenes.

The GOP field remains murky, but the Democratic field is shaping up to include Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. and Rush D. Holt. Full story

June 3, 2013

Christie Holds Keys to Lautenberg Succession (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie Holds Keys to Lautenberg Succession (Updated) #NJSEN

Christie faces a big decision in deciding whom to appoint to Lautenberg's seat. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:45 p.m. | The Monday morning death of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., who had already been planning to retire, shifted the race to replace him into overdrive — with an imminent appointment of an interim senator looming and the potential for a special election this November.

Yet significant confusion remained over the state’s election law statute to replace him: Either a special election would be held sometime this year, possibly in November, or in November 2014, when Lautenberg’s seat was up anyway.

Party strategists are anxiously awaiting a decision from GOP Gov. Chris Christie, whose office was considering its options within the law for whether to hold a special this year — and, if so, when — and whom to appoint as a placeholder. Immediate speculation about an appointment centered on former GOP Gov. Tom Kean, along with a handful of other potential picks. Full story

May 30, 2013

Aloha, Campaign Manager #HISEN | Shop Talk

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has hired Clay Schroers to manage his campaign for next year’s highly competitive Democratic primary.

Schroers was born and raised in Hawaii. He has managed several congressional races, including New York Rep. Dan Maffei’s successful comeback bid last year. He also served as an aide to Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

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