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March 22, 2013
Congressional Leadership Fund, a center-right super PAC, released its first television advertisements of the 2014 cycle on Friday.
The buy is very small — only “four figures,” according to an aide with the super PAC.
Versions of the spot will air in New York and Florida, criticizing Democratic Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney in New York’s 18th District and Joe Garcia in Florida’s 26th District.
The Maloney version:
March 5, 2013
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel named 26 of his colleagues to the Frontline program, a committee program designed to protect their most vulnerable incumbents.
“We call this program Frontline for a reason – these Members are on the vanguard of protecting and expanding the middle class,” Israel said in a written statement released Tuesday morning.
“While the 2014 campaign will be dominated by a strong offense taking on the Tea Party Republican Congress, our success begins with our Members,” added Israel, a Democrat from New York. “These battle-tested men and women have proven time and again that they can win because no one better reflects the values of their districts.”
Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn. will spearhead the program as its chairman. He’s a Frontline alumnus as recently as the 2012 cycle.
Otherwise, the list includes several freshman members and Blue Dog Democrats:
January 29, 2013
Political ambition has never been in short supply in Miami. So it’s no surprise that there’s already talk in GOP circles of who might be eyeing the seat held by freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia.
Garcia beat Republican David Rivera by more than 10 points in November, while President Barack Obama won the district by about 7 points. But that doesn’t mean the GOP won’t try to make the 2014 race competitive. Rivera was plagued by a series of ethical scandals that, presumably, the 2014 Republican nominee won’t have to contend with.
One top potential GOP candidate for the district — who was often floated as a potential primary challenger to Rivera last year — is state Sen. Anitere Flores. But sources close to Florida Senate leaders tell CQ Roll Call that Flores has assured them she’s not leaving the legislature to run for Congress. Full story
November 6, 2012
Every House race but one has been called in the Sunshine State, and there have been no surprises.
But firebrand Rep. Allen West (R) remained locked in a razor-tight contest with businessman Patrick Murphy (D) in Florida’s 18th district. With 96.4 percent of precincts reporting, West led with 50.2 percent to Murphy’s 49.8 percent, according to the Associated Press.
Here are other competitive race results, as reported by the AP:
- Freshman Rep. Steve Southerland (R) beat former state Sen. Al Lawson in the Panhandle 2nd district by a comfortable 5-point margin.
- Freshman Rep. Daniel Webster (R) held off a challenge from former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings, beating her by 3.6 points.
- Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) easily beat former state Rep. Keith Fitzgerald (D) by more than 7 points.
- Former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D) beat former state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R) in the open 22nd district, reconfigured to be significantly more Democratic.
- Embattled Rep. David Rivera (R) lost to Democrat Joe Garcia in the Miami-area 26th district.
October 3, 2012
House Democrats have canceled advertisement buys in three House races where the party’s nominee is on a clear path to victory.
In Arizona’s 2nd district, New Mexico’s 1st district and Florida’s 26th district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut its weeklong reservation starting Oct. 18, according to a Democratic source with firsthand knowledge of the changes.
Campaign committees continue to shuffle funds among House races, often moving resources away from hopeless campaigns to more competitive ones in the weeks leading up to Election Day. But committee officials argue these cancellations target races where they are sure the Democrat will prevail:
- In Arizona’s 2nd district, the DCCC canceled $85,000 worth of Tucson broadcast television. Rep. Ron Barber (D) faces retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally (R) in this district, which Roll Call rates as Likely Democratic.
- In New Mexico’s 1st district, the DCCC canceled $135,000 worth of Albuquerque broadcast television. Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) and former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones (R) are vying for this open seat, which Roll Call rates as Safe Democratic.
- In Florida’s 26th district, the DCCC canceled $280,000 worth of Miami broadcast television. Rep. David Rivera (R) is reportedly under federal investigation (although the Congressman denies any wrongdoing). Polls show the Republican trailing his opponent, former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia (D). Roll Call rates this race as Leans Democratic.
The National Republican Congressional Committee had not reserved any airtime for these three House races.
Earlier this week, the DCCC trimmed $260,000 in ad time in another safe seat: Rep. Tim Walz’s district. Roll Call rates this race as Safe Democratic.
October 2, 2012
A super PAC led by Jonathan Soros, the son of liberal financier George Soros, today announced the eight lawmakers it will target via direct mail, phone contact and Internet advertising.
The New York Times has described the group, Friends of Democracy, as “The Super PAC That Aims to End Super PACs.” Earlier this year, the Times reported that the group was targeting “10 to 15 House lawmakers whose records and public statements have not been supportive of what Mr. Soros calls a system of ‘citizen-led’ elections.”
September 24, 2012
Today, Roll Call moves two Florida House race ratings in the Democrats’ direction, while one New York House race ratings change favors the Republicans.
The honcho of hyperbole, the chief pooh-bah of provocation and the high baron of belittlement is poised to come to the 113th Congress. It’s Alan Grayson time. The former Congressman looks on track to comfortably beat long-shot GOP nominee Todd Long in a Democratic district and return to Washington, D.C. Roll Call moves this race to from Likely Democratic to Safe Democratic.
Embattled Rep. David Rivera (R) appears more and more vulnerable as reported federal investigations swirl around him. This race is now tighter than it was a few weeks ago — polls have shown the race to be close — and that moves it from Leans Republican to a Tossup.
Still, politics in Miami isn’t like other places in the United States. Rivera could well survive against Democratic nominee Joe Garcia, who lost Congressional races in 2008 and 2010. And longtime Florida Republicans are careful to never write off Rivera, who is seen as a survivor’s survivor.
“David Rivera could be standing in a burning building, the executioner could have a gun to his head and then a nuclear bomb could go off and you think, ‘He’s done,’” said Sunshine State GOP strategist Rick Wilson. “Next thing, David walks out the back door and asks if you want to go grab lunch.”
It doesn’t look as if this will be the year Democrats take out Rep. Richard Hanna (R). With the right candidate, maybe the freshman lawmaker could have been vulnerable. But just more than 40 days before the election, he appears to be in very comfortable shape in his race against former Congressional aide Dan Lamb (D). In a quick interview with Roll Call on Monday afternoon, a cheerful Hanna emphasized his constituent services, quick turnaround on casework and legislative record.
Roll Call moves his race from Likely Republican to Safe Republican.
August 14, 2012
It’s rematch time in South Florida.
Former Miami-Dade Democratic Party Chairman Joe Garcia won Florida’s 26th district Democratic primary tonight and will challenge Rep. David Rivera (R) in November. Rivera, the embattled freshman lawmaker, beat Garcia by more than 9 points in 2010.
This evening, Garcia beat Gloria Romero Roses, a political newcomer, by a comfortable margin. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Garcia had 53 percent to Romero Roses’ 31 percent.
May 1, 2012
Miami Democrat Joe Garcia has taken that old aphorism — if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — deeply to heart.
Today, Garcia will officially announce his Congressional campaign against embattled Rep. David Rivera (R). It will be Garcia’s third campaign for Congress in South Florida in as many cycles. He lost to Rivera in 2010 by more than 9 points. In 2008, Garcia lost to Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) by just over 6 points. Full story
April 9, 2012
Embattled freshman Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) picked up a Democratic opponent today, after losing one last week.
Real estate businesswoman Gloria Romero Roses announced her candidacy for Florida’s southern 26th district this morning, seven days after state Rep. Luis Garcia (D), who got in a very public tussle with national Democratic figures, dropped his bid.
“Florida’s growth has been stagnant coming out of this downturn in part because Congressman David Rivera has been too focused on defending himself in his ongoing scandals rather than fighting for jobs and strengthening our small businesses,” Roses said in a statement, embracing hyperbole. Full story