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December 2, 2013

Another Potential Opponent Instead Backs Cassidy in Louisiana

A second Republican state legislator who previously considered a Senate bid of his own in Louisiana has instead endorsed the campaign of GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy.

Cassidy’s Senate campaign announced Monday that state Sen. Elbert Guillory had joined state Rep. Alan Seabaugh as the latest potential foe to get behind his challenge to Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu — a top target of national Republicans.

Guillory gained some national attention this spring after switching parties. He had joined the Democratic Party in 2007, but he switched back to the GOP in May and became Louisiana’s only black Republican state senator. Full story

Strickland Switches Races to McKeon’s District in California (Updated)

Strickland Switches Races to McKeons District in California (Updated)

Republicans are speculating whether McKeon will seek another term. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:42 a.m. | Former state Sen. Tony Strickland, a Republican, filed federal paperwork this weekend to run in the same California district as longtime Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon.

Strickland had initially launched a rematch bid in the neighboring 26th District, where he lost to freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., in 2012.

But Strickland had hinted that he was eyeing a run in the 25th District if McKeon retired — an event many California Republicans speculated is imminent. Now that Strickland has officially filed to run in McKeon’s district, additional questions remain whether McKeon will seek a 12th term.

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Maine Republican Won’t Seek Competitive House Contest

Former state Sen. Richard Rosen, a Republican, announced this weekend that he will not seek the GOP nod in Maine’s 2nd District, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Rosen, who now directs the state’s Office of Policy and Management, said in August that he would run for the seat. But in an email to the Bangor Daily News, Rosen said he decided against a congressional bid.

“The opportunity to represent my fellow Mainers in Washington D.C. would be a great and solemn privilege, but I have come to recognize that my preference is to serve the state in a way that allows me to remain close to the people of Maine,”  Rosen wrote.

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November 27, 2013

In Alaska, Dan Sullivan Helps Dan Sullivan

In Alaska, Dan Sullivan Helps Dan Sullivan

Begich has a tough re-election battle ahead in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Alaska Republican primary ballot next year will be a tale of two Dan Sullivans.

Former state Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan, a first-time candidate, announced a challenge last month to Democratic Sen. Mark Begich. Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, the better-known of the two, is running for lieutenant governor.

The presence of more than one Dan Sullivan is causing some confusion in polling on the two races, but it may not necessarily have negative repercussions for either candidate in the Aug. 19 primaries. While there will undoubtedly be plenty of advertising in this inexpensive state over the next nine months, any lingering confusion could conceivably provide the Senate candidate a few extra points of support. Full story

November 26, 2013

GOP Lawmaker Challenges Freshman for California Seat

GOP state Rep. Jeff Gorell announced on Tuesday that he will challenge freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., in the 26th District — a move that temporarily sets up a GOP primary in one of the state’s more competitive House seats.

Gorell joins former state Sen. Tony Strickland in the contest against Brownley. Last year, the Democrat defeated Strickland by a 6 points — smaller than President Barack Obama’s 10-point victory in the district that same year.

But Gorell’s announcement also fuels speculation about the neighboring 25th District, currently held by longtime Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon. Full story

Florida Governor Calls on Trey Radel to Resign

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called on embattled Republican Rep. Trey Radel of Florida to resign Tuesday morning, according to The Fort Myers News-Press.

“I agree with the party chairman,” Scott said, referring to Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry’s similar call for resignation. “Trey is going through a tough time. My prayers and my wife’s prayers are with his family. But we have to hold all of our elected officials to the highest standards.”

For now, this is a split in tone from the Republican House leadership. Last week, a spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner said that “Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. … Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”

A Radel resignation would have almost no bearing on control of the House — his 19th District is safe Republican territory. A slew of GOP contenders are in a position to run against him in a primary or in an open-seat special election.

Another Republican Eyes Cochran Seat in Mississippi

Updated 12:09 p.m. | Mississippi Republicans are preparing for a Senate without Thad Cochran.

State Auditor Stacey E. Pickering told “The Gallo Show,” a statewide radio program, on Tuesday morning that if Cochran opts for retirement, he will run for Senate. Full story

Florida GOP Honcho Calls on Trey Radel to Resign

Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry on Monday called for Rep. Trey Radel to resign, marking the highest-ranking local GOP official yet to push for the embattled Republican congressman to step down.

“The people of Florida’s 19th Congressional District need a Congressman who is 100 percent focused on the needs of Southwest Florida,” Curry said in a statement. “Therefore, Congressman Radel should step down and focus his attention on rehabilitation and his family.” Full story

November 21, 2013

Trey Radel’s Would-Be Primary Challengers

Trey Radels Would Be Primary Challengers

Radel might face a primary challenge in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Republicans have started sizing up the political prospects of freshman Rep. Trey Radel, who said he will not resign after pleading guilty for a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession.

Several potential primary challengers have emerged in Florida’s 19th District — which includes Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples — in the last couple days: Full story

November 20, 2013

GOP Operatives Pile Into Florida Special Election

State Rep. Kathleen Peters and lobbyist David Jolly have started the sprint toward the GOP primary in the special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla.

And their campaign teams have also joined the race. Jolly quickly moved into place a campaign team, and now Peters has done the same for her bid for the 13th District. Her band of operatives includes two Tallahassee-based consultants: Full story

Republican Seeks to Succeed Paul Broun in Georgia (Video)

The candidate: Donna Sheldon, a Republican
The member: Rep. Paul Broun, a three-term Republican who will run for Senate in 2014, leaving the seat open
The district:
 Georgia’s 10th District, which Mitt Romney carried with 62 percent 
The candidate’s team:
 Chad Holland (manager), Ron Butler of Creative Direct (mail), Tony Marsh of Savanna Communications (media), Laura Dunaway of Capitol Strategy Group (fundraising), Dan McLagan of Tactical Communications Solutions (communications), and Scott Riles of RightPass Strategic Affairs (general consulting).

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November 19, 2013

Radel in Possible Primary Peril

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., said that he is ready “to face the consequences” of his cocaine possession charge, and some of them might be political.

Democrats concede his is a Safe Republican seat. So if his legal problems become fodder in his bid for a second term, it will likely be litigated in the primary.

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Fourth Republican Announces Bid for Open Alabama House Seat

Fourth Republican Announces Bid for Open Alabama House Seat

Bachus is retiring. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

GOP businessman Will Brooke announced a bid for Alabama’s 6th District on Tuesday, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the open-seat contest.

“We all know that things in Washington are not as they should be,” Brooke said in a release. “Whether they are on the shop floor, in the boardroom, or sitting around the kitchen table, Alabamians live with the intrusion of dysfunctional and detrimental government policies every day. Americans should insist on honest, competent, limited government that supports their efforts, rather than getting in the way. I want to do my part to bring common sense conservative solutions to Congress.”

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November 18, 2013

Phil Berger Jr. to Announce Congressional Bid in North Carolina

Rockingham County District Attorney Phil Berger Jr., a Republican, will announce Wednesday that he will run for the open-seat contest in North Carolina’s 6th District, according to a source close to Berger’s campaign.

Berger will make the announcement at a local charter school, becoming the fourth Republican to enter the race to replace Rep. Howard Coble, the longtime Republican who announced his retirement earlier this month. Other Republicans also running for the seat include Baptist pastors Dan Collison and Bradley Walker, and veteran Don Webb.

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Mitt Romney Endorses in House GOP Primary in Idaho

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsed Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, for re-election in the 2nd District on Monday, touting the congressman as a “true conservative” in a fundraising email.

Simpson, an eight-term Republican, is facing a primary challenge from tea-party-backed attorney Bryan Smith, who is receiving support from groups such as the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks.

The primary will feature one of the marquee battles between the tea party and business in the fight for control of the GOP in the midterm cycle.

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