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August 7, 2012
House Financial Services ranking member Barney Frank (D-Mass.) today heavily criticized Rep. Brad Sherman for comments the California Democrat made about his role in the construction of two major pieces of legislation: the financial reform bill that Frank authored with then-Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
On a conference call with reporters set up by the campaign of Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), who is facing Sherman in a redistricting-forced matchup in November, Frank said Sherman has been inflating his role. The call was part of an effort by the Berman campaign to discredit Sherman’s legislative record.
He described Sherman’s claims as “appallingly off of the mark” and “fantasies.” Full story
August 3, 2012
In the nasty Member-vs.-Member GOP primary north of Orlando, 10-term Rep. John Mica maintained a sizable cash-on-hand lead over freshman Rep. Sandy Adams.
According to Federal Election Commission reports filed on Thursday, Mica ended July 25 with $960,000 to Adams’ $453,000. In the pre-primary filing period from July 1-25, Mica raised more than twice as much as Adams, but spent $431,000. Adams spent only $78,000 during that period. The majority of Mica’s expenditures were for media advertising.
Adams received July donations from the campaign accounts of GOP Reps. Austin Scott (Ga.) and Geoff Davis (Ky.), who has since resigned his seat, along with $2,000 from the political action committee affiliated with Republican Rep. Marlin Stutzman (Ind.).
Adams also received $5,000 from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s PAC.
During the pre-primary period, Mica received $1,000 from the PAC affiliated with GOP Rep. Tim Murphy (Pa.).
Mica has an edge in the Aug. 14 primary, but GOP insiders are not counting Adams out.
July 26, 2012
Updated 10:05 p.m. | Rep. David Schweikert led fellow Republican Rep. Ben Quayle by 16 points in a recent Schweikert campaign internal poll.
The two Congressmen are engaged in a blockbuster Member-vs.-Member race for Arizona’s 6th district that has caught the attention of state Republicans. According to the survey from this past Sunday, 49 percent of respondents supported Schweikert, while 33 percent said they intended to vote for Quayle.
There had been rumblings in Arizona political circles of an internal campaign poll showing a wide Schweikert lead for several days.
The poll, conducted by Adam Geller of National Research Inc., was conducted July 22 and was a live telephone survey. It included 300 “likely GOP primary voters” and had a margin of error of 5.66 points.
Whoever wins this race will likely have a lock on the district for years to come. Roll Call rates this race as Safe Republican.
Updated 10:05 p.m.
A source in the Quayle camp said that it is a close race and Schweikert is “not ahead.”
Firebrand Rep. Allen West today endorsed fellow GOP Rep. Sandy Adams in her Member-vs.-Member primary race against Rep. John Mica in Florida’s newly configured 7th district.
It’s an important endorsement for Adams from a fellow freshman Member. West, a fundraising juggernaut popular in conservative circles, might give Adams a boost in her race.
The winner of the Aug. 14 primary in the GOP-leaning district is almost certain to be coming back to Congress in January. Full story
July 20, 2012
Welcome to the NFL of politics. Or is the MLB?
One of the most interesting pair of competing Federal Election Commission reports from the second quarter are from Republican Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert, who are battling it out in a Member-vs.-Member primary for Arizona’s 6th district.
Quayle received donations from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former Dallas Cowboy Roger Staubach, while the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball made a donation to Schweikert.
Quayle won the money race with a $530,000 second quarter haul, finishing the period with $1.1 million in cash on hand. Schweikert rasied $274,000, and closed June with $857,000 in cash on hand. But a source in the Schweikert camp claimed that when factoring only money that can be spent in the primary, Schweikert actually has more available cash.
But beyond those metrics, the names on the reports are fascinating. Most interestingly, current Members have gotten involved in the race.
July 18, 2012
A few House Democrats have picked sides in the approaching primary between Reps. Gary Peters and Hansen Clarke, according to their finance reports.
Democratic Reps. John Larson (Conn.) and Norm Dicks (Wash.) donated to Peters through their committees. Democratic Reps. Marcia Fudge (Ohio) and Mike Honda (Calif.) gave to Clarke through their campaigns.
Michigan lost a House seat because of population loss, and Republicans in the Legislature dismantled the Detroit area seats in their redraw of the Congressional map last year, prompting the Clarke and Peters matchup.
The two lawmakers will face off Aug. 7. The winner of the primary in the Democratic stronghold will likely be the next Member of Congress for the 14th district.
July 17, 2012
Four down, and just eight more Member-vs.-Member matchups left this cycle. Here’s how the second-quarter fundraising went in the remaining races between two House Members:
Michigan’s 14th district (Aug. 7 primary)
- Rep. Gary Peters (D) raised $316,000, spent $733,000 and reported $813,000 in the bank.
- Rep. Hansen Clarke (D) raised $70,000, spent $253,000 and reported $381,100 in the bank. Full story
July 16, 2012
Rep. Brad Sherman loaned his campaign $450,000 on June 6, the day after finishing 10 points ahead of fellow Democratic Rep. Howard Berman in the top-two primary.
That helped Sherman bring in $764,000 total in the second quarter and boosted him back above $3 million in cash on hand as of June 30.
“We have more than six times as much money in the bank as Berman,” Sherman chief campaign strategist Parke Skelton said in a statement. “That presents the Berman campaign with a very daunting fund-raising challenge.” Full story
July 13, 2012
Sen. John McCain has informed Rep. David Schweikert that he will endorse Rep. Ben Quayle in their Member-versus-Member Republican primary in Arizona, according to a Schweikert source.
Schweikert did not seek McCain’s endorsement. Those in the Schweikert camp are under the impression that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl (R) helped facilitate the endorsement. The Hotline first reported the news.
July 11, 2012
During the second quarter, Rep. Tom Latham (R) built on his massive money advantage over his November opponent, Rep. Leonard Boswell (D).
Latham ended June with $2.14 million in cash on hand — more than four times the amount in Boswell’s campaign bank account.
Boswell and Latham are running for the 3rd district in southwestern Iowa, which includes Des Moines. Latham, one of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) top allies, has eclipsed Boswell in fundraising throughout the campaign.
Boswell raised $300,000 in the most recent quarter, marking his best fundraising report since 2006. But Latham raised $500,000 during the same period.
Boswell will report $470,000 in the bank, according to his top campaign aide.
The Hawkeye State lost a House seat because of lagging population growth, effectively forcing the two Members to face off this November. An independent redistricting commission redrew the state’s Congressional lines last year.
July 9, 2012
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Rep. Ben Quayle (R) today in his bid for re-election.
Quayle is in a Member-vs.-Member primary fight with fellow freshman Rep.David Schweikert.
“We must send the best people to Washington to represent us and Ben is someone who understands the values and principles that make — and keep — America exceptional,” Rice wrote in a press release. “Ben Quayle is part of a new generation of effective leadership throughout the country and the state of Arizona and I am proud to support and stand with Ben in Arizona’s 6th congressional district race.”
June 5, 2012
Rep. Bill Pascrell trounced fellow Democratic Rep. Steven Rothman in New Jersey’s 9th district primary today, in what was the fourth Member-vs.-Member race to be decided this redistricting cycle.
Pascrell won a lopsided 70 percent to 30 percent victory over Rothman, with 78 percent of the vote counted, according to the Associated Press.
June 1, 2012
Rep. Steven Rothman just received a big boost.
On the day President Bill Clinton hit the campaign trail for his fellow Democrat and rival, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rothman countered by meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.
He tweeted soon after he was spotted on the White House grounds.
@SteveRothmanNJ: “President Obama invited me to the Oval Office this AM to express his support for my re-election. Thank you Mr. President! Full story
May 31, 2012
Rep. Steven Rothman is going big in the last days of his Democratic primary against Rep. Bill Pascrell in New Jersey’s newly drawn 9th district.
His campaign just released a television ad about the environment that is on the air in the expensive New York City market. The money behind it is well into the six figures. Redistricting forced both Members to compete for the same Democratic-leaning seat.
May 30, 2012
With less than a week to go before the primary, more Members are picking sides in the battle between New Jersey Democratic Reps. Steven Rothman and Bill Pascrell.
The Member-vs.-Member race has already revealed divided allegiances among legislators. The bulk of Member donations have been directed to Pascrell, who is also getting a campaign visit Friday from President Bill Clinton. Full story