Hoyer will fundraise for several candidates this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer has jam-packed several campaigning events and fundraisers over recess on behalf of House candidates.
The Maryland Democrat’s tour will take him to Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts, where he will campaign and fundraise for a handful of House contenders and one incumbent over the next few days.
Hoyer is only campaigning for challengers who have made the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Jumpstart program, according to a release from his leadership PAC, AmeriPAC. Candidates in Jumpstart have received the committee’s de facto seal of approval.
Here are the districts where Hoyer is scheduled to campaign on Wednesday and Friday: Full story
A week of rapid-fire congressional special elections kicks off Tuesday with a primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, followed by two more contests in the following days to fill vacant seats on Capitol Hill.
“Congress needs more strong women like Katherine Clark to help fight the Tea Party,” Schwartz said in a release. “I know Katherine will be a strong voice for pay equity, protecting Medicare, college affordability and other issues that affect families every single day.”
Koutoujian raised about $610,000, while Clark pulled in $616,000, which includes a $250,000 personal loan to her campaign, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. Koutoujian reported $690,000 in cash on hand less than two weeks out from the Oct. 15 primary, while Clark reported $390,000.
According to Koutoujian’s campaign, about $560,000 of the funds raised in that three-month period are designated for the primary. The remaining $40,000 is reserved for a general election, according to federal campaign finance law.
Clark’s campaign says that of the $390,000 in cash on hand it has, $283,000 is designated for the primary.
Clark had the lead with 27 percent of the vote — 9 points more than her next closest competitor, state Sen. Karen Spilka.
The rest of the field hovered in the teens. The survey found Spilka in second with 18 percent, Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian in third with 16 percent, state Rep. Carl Sciortino in fourth with 15 percent and state Sen. William Brownsberger with 12 percent.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, one of five Democrats running in a special-election primary in Massachusetts’ 5th District, released his first ad of the campaign, less than three weeks before the Oct. 15 primary.
The 30-second spot touches on Koutoujian’s stance on gun control, Social Security and women’s rights. The campaign says the “six-figure buy” will air on cable and broadcast stations in the 5th District, located in the suburbs of Boston.
The 60-second ad will begin airing Wednesday on MSNBC, CNN and Comedy Central, according to the campaign. A campaign aide said they have bought more than $100,000 of airtime but did not disclose an exact dollar amount. The campaign will be on air through the duration of the primary cycle, which ends Oct. 15.
In the ad, Sciortino, who is openly gay, comes out as a “Massachusetts liberal” to his father, a member of the tea party. In a witty back and forth, Sciortino’s father describes the progressive policies Sciortino has worked on during his time in the Massachusetts state House.
“This one drives him crazy,” Sciortino says, to which his father replies, “He wants to go to Congress to take on the NRA and the tea party.”
The campaign plans to run ads through the Oct. 15 primary, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy. The initial, approximately $60,000 buy will keep Clark’s spot on the airwaves Tuesday through Sept. 23 on six cable markets in the district: Cambridge, Lexington, Malden, Newton, Revere and Woburn.
State Rep. Carl Sciortino, one of five Democrats running in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election this fall, received two more endorsements from liberal members on Thursday.
Democratic Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota — the co-chairmen of the Congressional Progressive Caucus — joined Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida in supporting Sciortino’s campaign.
Alexander's resignation means yet another special election this fall. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Are these elections really that “special” anymore?
Between now and Christmas, four different states will hold special elections for federal office: a Senate race in New Jersey, plus House elections in Alabama, Louisiana and Massachusetts.
Not special enough for you? Three special elections are scheduled over a four-day stretch in mid-October.
Here’s a look at the upcoming “special” election calendar:
New Jersey Senate
Reason for vacancy: The passing of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J. Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating:Safe Democrat The field: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democratic nominee, and conservative activist Steve Lonegan, the GOP nominee. Primary election: Booker and Lonegan won their party nominations on Aug. 13. General election: Oct. 16
Grayson has backed a pair of candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., endorsed two fellow liberal Democrats in crowded House primaries — state Sen. Daylin Leach in Pennsylvania’s 13th District and state Rep. Carl Sciortino in Massachusetts’ 5th District special election.
Grayson detailed his reasons in a Sunday email to supporters, writing that both candidates are against the NSA’s controversial domestic surveillance programs and would have voted for Michigan GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s amendment to scale back the NSA’s reach. Amash’s amendment failed in the House by 12 votes, despite strong bipartisan support. Full story