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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia announced Monday he has tapped Hayden Rogers to be his new chief of staff. Rogers was a candidate for Congress in 2012 and previously served as chief of staff to former Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C..
Rogers, an affable, garrulous 42-year-old, hewed an independent profile on the campaign trail, running for North Carolina’s 11th District. He appears to be a good fit for Manchin, one of the Democratic senators most comfortable bucking his party.
“I’m thrilled by the opportunity,” Rogers said in short interview with CQ Roll Call. He called Manchin “pragmatic, practical in his thinking” and someone who is good at “building consensus to get things done.”
Manchin praised Rogers in a statement.
“Hayden brings to our office a unique range of talents and a commonsense, solutions-driven approach that I truly admire,” he said. “He embodies the values important to West Virginians and has the knowledge, experience and expertise to lead our team effectively.”
Rogers, a graduate of Princeton University, officially started his new position last week.
North Carolina Democrats are having a very, very bad night. Running in a redrawn Congressional map favoring the GOP, at least three Democratic Congressmen will not be coming back to Capitol Hill. The only bright spot for Democrats: Rep. Mike McIntyre’s race remained too close for the Associated Press to call as of 10:10 p.m.
Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell (D) lost to former Congressional aide Richard Hudson (R). With 68 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press said Hudson had 58.4 percent to Kissell’s 41.6 percent. Kissell, a lackluster fundraiser and campaigner, always had a steep path back to the House. After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee abandoned him, not fulfilling reservations it had to advertise on TV for him, his fate was all but sealed. Full story
Live in a competitive district? It is nearly impossible to turn on the television and not see ads with seniors, tying a candidate to President Barack Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) or Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
But not all ads took the cookie-cutter approach. Here is what cut through the clutter today:
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using Rep. Sean Duffy’s (R) 2010 ad footage against him. Duffy earned attention in 2010 for the ads that showed him hacking away as a lumberjack. The DCCC has a new ad up that uses the old footage metaphorically. Ex-state Senate President Pro Tem Pat Kreitlow has also played on the lumberjack theme in his own campaign ads. The DCCC did not immediately respond to a request for ad buy information.
In a victory for the Republican establishment, former Hill aide Richard Hudson won his GOP primary runoff in North Carolina’s 8th district tonight, beating dentist Scott Keadle, who was strongly backed by the anti-tax Club for Growth.
With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Hudson was ahead with 64 percent of the vote to Keadle’s 36 percent. In the Republican primary and the runoff, outside groups spent more than $1.6 million on this race.
Hudson will now face vulnerable Rep. Larry Kissell (D), whose district was made significantly more Republican in redistricting. The GOP nominee has a better-than-even chance of unseating Kissell.
Hudson, who most recently worked on the Hill as Texas GOP Rep. Mike Conaway’s chief of staff, had support from the YG Action Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.). Full story
GOP Congressional candidate Mark Meadows, likely to be the GOP nominee in the heavily Republican 11th district of North Carolina, appears to have flirted with birtherism on at least two occasions in recent weeks.
“2012 is the time we’re going to send Mr. Obama home to Kenya or wherever it is,” Meadows said to applause at a June 9 tea party rally. “We’re going to do it!”
At an appearance at a tea party forum on June 12, Meadows said, “we” will send Obama “back home to Kenya or wherever it is.”
In an interview with Roll Call today, Meadows clarified his remarks. “I think it’s a non-issue,” he said. “Obviously bringing it back is probably a poor choice of words on my part more than anything else. I believe he’s an American citizen and I believe, in my district, he is going to lose overwhelmingly.”
Both are true.
Real estate investor Mark Meadows, in a runoff for the GOP nomination in North Carolina’s 11th district, picked up the endorsement of Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) today. Meadows, a strong candidate with support from the tea party and the establishment, faces businessman Vance Patterson in the July 17 runoff.
“Mark Meadows is the only true conservative Western North Carolinians can count on to fight President Obama’s assault on our values,” McHenry said in a statement released by the Meadows campaign. “Mark is a conservative businessman willing to challenge the status quo in Washington and fix this broken economy. I strongly urge those who want less government and more conservative solutions to send Mark Meadows to Congress.”
McHenry represents the neighboring 10th district.
The winner of the GOP primary in the western North Carolina district is the favorite to win the general election against the Democratic nominee, Hayden Rogers, the former chief of staff to retiring Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.). The newly configured 11th is the most Republican district in the Tar Heel State.
Roll Call rates the race as Likely Republican.
Updated: 11:37 p.m. | North Carolina voters went to the polls Tuesday to select candidates in a series of primary elections, but the results may have broader implications. The winners of a number of competitive Republican contests are likely to be elected to Congress this November.
An extreme gerrymander by the GOP-controlled statehouse means Republicans could net as many as four seats from the Tar Heel State this cycle.
Voting ended at 7:30 p.m. and here are some of the top results by district, updated as they come in from the Associated Press. In primaries where no candidate got more than 40 percent, the top two finishers will battle in a runoff on July 17. Full story
Real estate investor Mark Meadows, the apparent frontrunner in the crowded GOP primary in North Carolina’s open 11th district, picked up the endorsement of Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) today.
“Mark Meadows will fight for what’s right, because he understands that higher taxes and more regulations are not the way to solve our country’s problems,” Duncan said in a statement released by the Meadows campaign. “Conservatives of Western North Carolina should send Mark Meadows to Congress. We need his help.”
Duncan’s spokesman confirmed the endorsement. Duncan, along with Reps. Tim Scott, Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney, make up a group of strongly conservative freshman Republicans from the Palmetto State. Full story
Ethan Wingfield, a 26-year-old Republican businessman, will begin airing a 30-second TV ad in North Carolina’s 11th district on Monday, aiming to introduce himself to voters before a crowded GOP primary on May 18.
Wingfield’s ad, which is backed by a $25,000 week-long buy on cable and broadcast TV across the district, shows him standing in front of a white background next to an easel pad with graphics drawn on it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlzRFtbNApU Full story
Democrat Hayden Rogers, the former chief of staff to retiring Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), raised an impressive $301,000 in the first quarter of this year. Rogers, a conservative Democrat in the mold of Shuler, ended March with $281,000 in cash on hand.
“I have been truly humbled by the support our campaign has received, especially from so many friends across Western North Carolina,” Rogers said in a statement.
Rogers faces a steep uphill battle in North Carolina’s 11th district, the most Republican area in the state. In 2008, voters in the district would have voted only 40 percent for Barack Obama. In 2010, Sen. Richard Burr (R) would have gotten 61 percent of the vote in the redrawn district.
Republicans familiar with the race expect real estate investor Mark Meadows, the frontrunner, to be the GOP nominee.
Roll Call rates the race as Likely Republican.
Real estate investor Mark Meadows, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in North Carolina’s open and heavily Republican 11th district, is launching a simple biographical TV spot today that hits on potent Republican themes.
“I’m blessed with a business we started from scratch,” Meadows says, looking directly to the camera. “But what I value more is my wife and our two children.”
Continuing to look directly at the camera and backed by light piano music, he discusses themes that are likely to appeal to the conservative district.
“I’m driven by a moral obligation to stop Barack Obama’s assault on our values, to protect marriage between one man and one woman, and repeal Obamacare to preserve your right to see a doctor of your choice,” he says.
Remember the case of Lyle and Erik Menendez, the brothers who murdered their parents with shotguns in cold blood? Congressional candidate Hayden Rogers (D) does.
Rogers, retiring Rep. Heath Shuler’s former chief of staff who is running to succeed his ex-boss in the Tar Heel State, lived in the same suite as Lyle Menendez for a time at Princeton University. Rogers worked for Menendez at a restaurant he bought after receiving money from his parents’ life insurance policy. And Rogers was in the car with Menendez the day Menendez was arrested in 1990.
Rogers was never implicated, implicitly or explicitly, in any wrongdoing. He served as chief operating officer of Mr. Buffalo’s, the New Jersey establishment Menendez bought after killing his mother and father, but before he was arrested for the infamous crime. Full story
Tea-party-affiliated ophthalmologist Dan Eichenbaum said late Sunday he would not file to run for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th district.
At some point over the next nine months, Hayden Rogers, retiring Rep. Heath Shuler’s (D-N.C) former chief of staff, will probably drive by Mount Mitchell, about an hour outside Asheville.
At more than a mile high, it’s the tallest American peak east of the Mississippi River — and it should serve as a good reminder for Rogers of the steep uphill slog he faces as he attempts to keep the 11th district on the Democratic side of the ledger. Full story
Hayden Rogers, chief of staff to Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) until earlier this week, announced a bid for Congress in North Carolina’s 11th district today.
Rogers is widely considered to be the only Democrat who has a shot at keeping the district for the party since Shuler announced last week that he will retire.
During redistricting, the Republican-controlled Legislature drew the 11th to be the most Republican in the state, so Rogers will face a steep uphill climb in a district that would have voted more than 58 percent for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the 2008 presidential election.