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February 10, 2014

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

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

February 5, 2014

Sandra Fluke Decides Against Congressional Bid

Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke will not run for Congress in California’s open 33rd District, instead opting to run for a seat in the state Senate, according to a local report.

Fluke’s decision to run for lower office comes just one day after news broke that she had filed paperwork with the California Democratic Party to seek the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman.

“I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families,” Fluke told the Los Angeles Times. “I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, working to protect our environment, ensure our access to health care, and create the jobs that are desperately needed. While I strongly considered offering my candidacy for Congress, I feel there is a better way for me to advance the causes that are important to our community.”

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February 4, 2014

Sandra Fluke to Run for Congress in California

Fluke, left, has filed paperwork to run for Congress. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke has filed paperwork with the California Democratic Party to run for Congress in the open 33rd District.

Fluke is the third Democrat to join the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman in this Los Angeles-based House seat. State Sen. Ted Lieu and former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel announced bids last week.

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January 31, 2014

DCCC Outraised NRCC in December

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $1.4 million more than its GOP counterpart in December.

A National Republican Congressional Committee source said Friday that the committee raised $4.2 million in December. The NRCC ended the year with $21 million in cash on hand.

The DCCC, which released its fundraising numbers Thursday, raised $5.6 million and had $29.3 million in cash on hand as of Dec. 31.

Both House campaign committees eliminated their debt earlier this cycle.

Democrats Begin to Flood Race to Replace Waxman

Waxman is retiring after 20 terms in the House (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu announced Friday that he will enter the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman in California’s 33rd District.

Lieu is now the second Democrat to announce a bid since Waxman announced his retirement on Thursday, and many more are considering jumping in. Former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel, who lost a mayoral bid last year, announced her campaign Thursday night.

“I have made the hard choices that helped turn California’s budget deficit into a budget surplus; fought to protect our environment; co-authored legislation to divest California’s pension funds from Iran’s energy and nuclear industries; and authored landmark civil rights legislation,” Lieu, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve, said in a statement.

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2 New Ads Drop in Florida Special

The two House campaign committees released TV ads Friday, each attacking the opposition nominee in the special election race for Florida’s 13th District.

In the competitive March 11 special to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., both parties have made six-figure TV airtime buys. Advertising is likely to flood the district over the next month and the ads released Friday are just the latest forays from the two committees.

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s ad slams Democrat Alex Sink for air travel during her tenure as the state’s chief financial officer. Full story

January 30, 2014

Henry Waxman Announces Retirement (Updated) (Video)

Updated 1:20 p.m. | Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., announced Thursday that he will not seek a 21st term in his Los Angeles-based House seat.

In his statement, Waxman said it was simply his time to go.

“It’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark, ideally someone who is young enough to make the long-term commitment that’s required for real legislative success,” he said. “I still feel youthful and energetic, but I recognize if I want to experience a life outside of Congress, I need to start soon.”

Waxman is now the 17th member of the House and 7th Democrat to announce retirement this cycle. He and fellow California Democratic Rep. George Miller, who is also retiring this year, were the last remaining of the Watergate class of 1974 serving their 20th terms in the House. (One other member of the class of 1974 would remain in the House, Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., but he spent a couple of decades out of Congress in the interim).

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Democrat to Challenge Bucshon in Indiana

Democrats have finally landed a challenger to Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., who was among the party’s targets in 2012.

Tom Spangler, the owner of a marketing and distribution company for commercial furniture, announced Thursday that he is launching a bid in Indiana’s 8th District.

After coming up 10 points short against the incumbent in 2012, national Democrats hope Spangler can give the party a legitimate shot at a seat it controlled before Bucshon won an open-seat race in 2010.

“I’m running because since 2012, Congress has only gotten more reckless and irresponsible and Congressman Bucshon is part of the problem,” Spangler said in a statement. Full story

January 29, 2014

George Miller Endorses a Successor

Democratic Rep. George Miller endorsed a potential successor Wednesday in the California district he’s retiring from after 20 terms.

Miller, who announced his retirement this month, is supporting state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, the only Democrat so far to announce a bid in 11th District.

“I know Mark DeSaulnier exceedingly well,” Miller said in a statement released by the DeSaulnier campaign. “Mark is the most qualified and capable candidate to carry on my work in Congress on behalf of the residents in the 11th district. He is progressive, results-driven, and has a deep connection to the communities and neighborhoods in this district. Most importantly, Mark embodies the issues and values that I have fought for throughout my career.” Full story

January 28, 2014

Reid: Senate Dems Will Invite Obama to Campaign Trail

Reid is the Senate majority leader. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said vulnerable Senate Democrats should and will invite President Barack Obama to campaign with them this year.

“Anytime the president of the United States appears supporting a candidate, it helps,” Reid said in an interview with CNN set to air at 7 p.m. He noted that Ronald Reagan’s appearances in Nevada in 1986 were unhelpful to his own first election to the Senate.

Asked if he would encourage his most endangered colleagues to invite the president, Reid said, “Yes, and they will.” Full story

January 27, 2014

Kirk Vs. Duckworth for Senate in 2016?

Duckworth is a first-term House Democrat. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Political circumstance could one day bring Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., and Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., together on a ballot against each other. But for now, military service and traumatic injury have united them at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where they often run into one another and visit with troops.

Kirk, who is partially paralyzed from a stroke he suffered two years ago, does rehabilitation at the center when he’s in Washington for Senate sessions. He is diligent about his treatment there, in part because he is getting in shape for a grueling 2016 re-election bid.

Duckworth, a former assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, spent a year at Walter Reed after she lost her legs in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2004. She frequently visits the center that’s now in Bethesda, Md., and bumps into Kirk while he’s making his rounds.

Duckworth tops the Democrats’ list of lawmakers who could run for Senate in Illinois someday. But in a recent extended interview with Roll Call, Kirk talked about his “good” relationship with Duckworth, showing off the braces he wears on his legs to help him walk — equipment he says is very similar to hers.

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Fifth Democrat to Enter Race to Replace Jim Moran

State Del. Mark Sickles, state House minority caucus chairman, will announce his candidacy in Virginia’s 8th District on Monday, according to a news release shared first with CQ Roll Call.

Sickles now becomes the 5th Democrat looking to succeed Rep. Jim Moran, the 12-term Democrat who announced his retirement from this northern Virginia district earlier this month.

“Congressman Jim Moran casts a long shadow on the civic and legislative landscape of Northern Virginia. His ability to make things happen – and his seniority on key committees important to our region and Commonwealth – cannot be replaced,” Sickles, whose district is located in Fairfax, Va., said in a news release. “I worked on his first campaign for Congress in 1990 and have been part of his team for the last 24 years, and am announcing my candidacy today to succeed him in the House of Representatives.” Full story

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