State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat, continues to clear the field in the race to replace retiring Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., in a Bay Area House seat.
On Tuesday, DeSaulnier announced that potential opponent, state Assemblymember Joan Buchanan, had endorsed his candidacy for California’s 11th District. Another potential candidate, Democratic Assemblymember Susan Bonilla, endorsed DeSaulnier on Monday.
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat vying for California’s newly open 11th District, will announce Wednesday the endorsement of California Rep. Jared Huffman, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.
“There are a lot of differences between Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, but one similarity is how partisan bickering, parochialism, and petty transactional politics persistently stand in the way of getting things done,” Huffman said in a forthcoming release. “I’m enthusiastically endorsing Mark DeSaulnier for Congress because having served with him for six years in the State Legislature, I know that he’s the type of leader who can help change the tone and productivity of Congress.
House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin has endorsed Republican Elise Stefanik’s bid to replace retiring Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., in 2014.
“My friend Elise Stefanik is running for Congress to fight for hardworking families in upstate New York. She’s got the values and the work ethic to get the job done,” Ryan said in a Wednesday release. “She’s part of a new generation of leaders who will bring fresh ideas to Washington, and she has my full support.”
Stefanik, 29, a former aide to President George W. Bush, announced her challenge to Owens in this upstate New York district over the summer. But Owens announced Tuesday that he would retire, paving the way for a much more competitive race and boosting Stefanik’s chances. Full story
Mooney is running for Congress. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney has picked up the endorsement of the Family Research Council Action PAC in his bid for West Virginia’s 2nd District.
“Our economy has been decimated. The culture has been challenged beyond all reasonable limits,” FRC Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins said in a Thursday news release. “The strong, conservative men and women elected in 2010 and 2012 need reinforcements. That is we are endorsing Alex Mooney in his run to represent West Virginia’s Second District.” Full story
The Victory Fund, an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political candidates, on Wednesday endorsed state Rep. Marcus Brandon for North Carolina’s 12th District special election.
Brandon is one of at least seven Democrats running to succeed Rep. Melvin Watt, who will soon leave the 12th District seat. Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
If Brandon wins, he would be the first openly gay African-American member of Congress in history, as well as the first openly gay member from the South, according to his campaign.
Wagner is one of a handful of women who are supporting Peters in the special election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Updated 11:07 a.m. | Six House Republicans — including a handful of women — are slated to host a fundraising luncheon for state Rep. Kathleen Peters’ special-election bid on Wednesday, according to an invitation obtained by CQ Roll Call.
Peters is running against lobbyist David Jolly in the competitive primary for Florida’s 13th District. Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young died earlier this year, creating the vacancy.
Five House Republican women, plus one GOP congressman from Florida, are on the Washington, D.C., event invitation. Full story
The Madison Project PAC, a group that supports conservative candidates across the country, endorsed Republican state Sen. Barry Loudermilk in Georgia’s 11th District, according to a release obtained exclusively by CQ Roll Call.
“As an expert on the history of our founders and the founding documents, Sen. Loudermilk understands that the only path to fundamentally restoring our constitutional republic is over the heads of leadership in both parties,” Madison Project President Drew Ryun said in a release.
A second Republican state legislator who previously considered a Senate bid of his own in Louisiana has instead endorsed the campaign of GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Cassidy’s Senate campaign announced Monday that state Sen. Elbert Guillory had joined state Rep. Alan Seabaugh as the latest potential foe to get behind his challenge to Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu — a top target of national Republicans.
Guillory gained some national attention this spring after switching parties. He had joined the Democratic Party in 2007, but he switched back to the GOP in May and became Louisiana’s only black Republican state senator. Full story
Osborn got an endorsement today. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
In a display of the unpredictability of the race, conservative groups are falling on opposite sides of the Republican Senate primary in Nebraska.
FreedomWorks, a tea-party-affiliated group that has backed candidates like Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced Monday that it has endorsed former state Treasurer Shane Osborn. Full story
The Club for Growth is taking sides in the GOP Senate primary in Nebraska, where a competitive nomination battle has unfolded for a safely Republican seat.
On Thursday, the club’s political action arm announced its endorsement of Midland University President Ben Sasse, one of a handful of Republicans running for the state’s open seat. In a statement, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola highlighted Sasse’s outspoken opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law, which stems from Sasse’s experience as an assistant secretary at Health and Human Services.
“Ben Sasse is the rare candidate who can clearly and forcefully prosecute the case against ObamaCare, not only because it’s an unconstitutional assault on our liberty, but also because he’s read every word of it,” Chocola said. Full story
The candidate: Democratic National Committeewoman Erin Bilbray The member: Two-term Rep. Joe Heck, a Republican, who won re-election by a 7-point margin last year. The district: President Barack Obama carried the 3rd District by a single point in 2012.
The candidate’s team: Bradley Mayer (manager), Mark Mellman of The Mellman Group (pollster), Ann Liston of Adelstein | Liston (media), Achim Bergmann of Bergmann Zwerdling Direct (direct mail), Rhonda Foxx (finance director)
Democrat Erin Bilbray said she will seek support from former President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama in her campaign for 3rd District in the southern tip of Nevada.
“I hope [Clinton] will, and of course I would ask,” Bilbray said in an Oct. 10 interview with CQ Roll Call. She later added that she believes an endorsement from Obama would help her in the district. Full story
With one day until the special-election runoff in Alabama’s 1st District, conservative groups are making a final push to affect the GOP contest that has become a national bellwether for Republicans.
Business groups are trying to boost former state Sen. Bradley Byrne over Dean Young, a tea-party-backed businessman who’s already made some controversial comments. Over the weekend, Ending Spending Inc., a PAC launched in 2010 by TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, spent $102,000 in ads to promote Byrne, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
“Who can you trust with your money? Career politician Dean Young started numerous PACs, then paid most of the money raised to his own company,” says the ad.