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February 25, 2014
State Sen. Buddy Carter, one of more than a half-dozen Republicans running for Georgia’s open 1st District, will go up on television Tuesday with an ad touting his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
“As a pharmacist practicing for over 30 years, I’ve seen a lot of changes in health care, and I still maintain we have the greatest health care system in the world,” Carter says in the 30-second spot. “But Obamacare’s a train wreck, and it has to go. In Congress, I’ll continue my pursuit to get rid of it.”
February 24, 2014
Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis endorsed attorney Eloise Gomez Reyes on Monday in the crowded primary field in California’s open 31st District.
Gomez Reyes is one of four Democrats running for the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Gary G. Miller — a race that’s splitting the party establishment. Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, another Democrat in the race, has the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“In this day and age when the powerful special interests are gaining even more power, the working families that make our country strong need a strong voice and their own tenacious fighter in Congress. Eloise Gomez Reyes is the person for the job,” Solis, who represented the area from 2001 through 2009, said in a statement. “She has spent her entire career fighting for working families and people who can’t fight for themselves.”
For the first time in 81 years, Michigan Democrats are contemplating a Congress without a Dingell.
Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., announced his retirement on Monday, finishing his 29th full term in the House after succeeding his father in the southeastern Michigan district. In the wake of his announcement, Democrats are already touting the congressman’s wife, Debbie, as the most serious contender for his seat.
(Update: Indeed, Debbie Dingell is expected to announce her candidacy on Friday.)
The National Republican Congressional Committee released a new TV ad Monday against Alex Sink, the Democrat running in the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District.
The ad seeks to highlight differences between Sink, the Sunshine State’s former chief financial officer, and lobbyist David Jolly, the GOP nominee.
“David Jolly: Cut spending, stop Obamacare. Alex Sink: More spending, defend Obamacare,” an announcer says in the 30-secont spot. “She’s fighting for them, not for us.”
February 21, 2014
In the last few weeks, congressional hopefuls have piled into newly open House seats across the country, climbing over each other for a head start and their best shot in decades to ascend to Capitol Hill.
Except for one: The Pelican State’s 6th District has experienced a remarkably slow start, even for Louisiana, and especially for safe GOP territory filled with ambitious local Republican politicians. Full story
February 20, 2014
A new poll from state Rep. Pat Murphy, one of five Democrats running for Iowa’s open 1st District, shows him with a wide lead, according to a memo from his House campaign.
Murphy received 36 percent in the poll of 400 likely Democratic primary voters, conducted by Myers Research and paid for by his campaign. Also per the poll, Murphy has a 19-point lead over Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon.
The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 1994 Republican revolution is backing investment banker Matt Doheny in the race for New York’s 21st District.
Doheny, who launched his campaign for the open seat on Wednesday, announced the endorsement of former Rep. Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., in a release shared first with CQ Roll Call. In a statement, Paxon sought to undercut a perceived weakness — that Doheny already lost the district twice as the GOP nominee — and instead portrayed it as a strength.
“In my judgment, Bill Owens is not seeking re-election solely because of the tireless groundwork laid over the last four years by Matt Doheny,” he wrote. “Now, Matt will have the opportunity to finish the job he started in 2010 and win this seat for the GOP.” Full story
February 19, 2014
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz will headline an upcoming fundraiser for author Marianne Williamson, an independent running for Congress in California’s 33rd District.
The $500-a-head fundraiser will be held Feb. 23 at a private residence in Malibu.
Mraz, who knew Williamson before she announced her bid for Congress, is not being paid to perform at the event, according to Williamson’s campaign.
“He’s a supporter of the campaign and he wanted to participate in some way, so he agreed to do a performance at this fundraiser,” said Ileana Wachtel, a spokeswoman for Williamson’s campaign.
State Speaker T.W. Shannon, one of a handful of Republicans running for the Senate special election in Oklahoma, is up with his first TV ad of the cycle, his campaign announced Wednesday.
The minute-long bio spot, which details Shannon’s faith and his stance on lowering the debt, is backed by a $150,000 buy. It will run on broadcast stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and statewide on cable stations.
“T.W. Shannon is a sixth-generation Oklahoman,” a narrator says in the ad. “T.W. is guided by his faith. Raised by working class parents, T.W. learned that success comes from hard work, not handouts. And it’s those values that T.W. and his wife, Devon, are teaching their two kids.”
Investment banker Matt Doheny announced Wednesday that he will make a third run at New York’s 21st District.
Doheny, a Republican, narrowly lost to Rep. Bill Owens, D-N.Y., by 2 points last cycle. But Republicans are newly optimistic they could pick up this seat in 2014 since Owens announced his retirement last month.
“I was honored that more than 120,000 voters chose me to represent them during the last election,” Doheny said in a news release.
February 18, 2014
Freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in California’s 35th District, instead opting for a bid for county supervisor back home in the Golden State.
“I have chosen to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and not reelection to Congress,” Negrete McLeod said in a news release. “This was a decision not made lightly. However my desire to represent this community locally, where I have lived for more than forty years, and where I have long served as an elected official, won out. My federal, state, and local experience will allow me the opportunity to effectively represent the constituents of the Fourth District.”
CQ Roll Call reported last month that Negrete McLeod, 72, was mulling a bid for San Bernadino County supervisor. Democratic officials said the position, which oversees one of the largest counties in California, has arguably more power than a sophomore member of Congress in the minority.
Negrete McLeod’s announcement came minutes after fellow Democratic Rep. Rush D. Holt of New Jersey announced his own retirement. They are the latest two in a long list of House members who will not be returning next cycle.
Rep. Rush D. Holt, the New Jersey Democrat who last year lost a special-election primary to now-Sen. Cory Booker, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to a ninth term.
Holt, a physicist-turned-congressman, is the third member of the New Jersey delegation to either resign or not seek re-election in 2014. His 12th District, which includes Trenton, is not competitive for Republicans.
“There is no hidden motive for my decision,” Holt said in a statement to supporters. “As friends who have worked with me know, I have never thought that the primary purpose of my work was re-election and I have never intended to make service in the House my entire career. For a variety of reasons, personal and professional, all of them positive and optimistic, the end of this year seems to me to be the right time to step aside and ask the voters to select the next representative.”
Democratic state Sen. Donald Norcross announced Monday in Bellmawr, N.J., his candidacy for the state’s 1st District.
Former Los Angeles Controller Wendy Greuel boasts a lead in the crowded field to replace retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., in the 33rd District, according to her own survey provided first to CQ Roll Call.
The poll showed Greuel, one of three Democrats in the contest, with support from 29 percent of likely primary voters in the race. Her survey also showed her top competitor, state Sen. Ted Lieu, with 21 percent of the likely primary vote.
February 14, 2014
Matt Miller, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and current Washington Post columnist, announced a bid for the seat of retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman on Friday.
With his announcement, Miller becomes the third Democrat to announce a bid for the district, located in the heart of Los Angeles County.
“I’m a proud Democrat; but too often, politicians in both parties care more about winning elections than solving problems. We have to tackle huge challenges – from the runaway costs of college and health care, to the threats of climate change, the shortage of good jobs and internationally lagging schools,” Miller said in a release. “Getting serious about these challenges means embracing bold ideas – the kind of fresh thinking we aren’t likely to get from career politicians. I’m running for Congress because it’s time to expect more.”