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November 4, 2013

House Democrats Promote Alex Sink to Jumpstart Program

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink to its Jumpstart program for top recruits. It’s yet another sign House Democrats have given the former gubernatorial nominee their seal of approval for the upcoming special election in Florida’s 13th District.

“In the first few days since she launched her campaign, Alex Sink is again demonstrating what the people of Florida know — she is results-oriented, and her approach to solving problems would help get Washington focused on the right priorities, like creating good jobs,” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement.

The Jumpstart program provides specific candidates with “early financial communications, operational and strategic support,” according to the committee. In the past, the DCCC announced batches of candidates to the program at a time.

But this singular announcement also shows the DCCC prefers Sink as a candidate over another Democrat in the race, attorney Jessica Ehrlich. Full story

November 1, 2013

Obama Hits the Road Next Week for Delayed DSCC Fundraisers

President Barack Obama will finally hit the road next week for fundraisers benefiting Senate Democrats.

The events in Dallas on behalf of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee were previously scheduled for Oct. 21, but the trip was delayed because of the federal government shutdown.

The president will now appear Nov. 6 at two DSCC fundraisers in the Lone Star State, then head south to Miami on Nov. 8 for more DSCC functions.

Obama has already appeared at two Senate campaign fundraisers this year, as well as a joint fundraiser benefiting both the DSCC and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. The DSCC is working to hold its five-seat majority in the Senate, while the DCCC has the more difficult challenge of picking up 17 seats to win back the House. Full story

Can These 2016 Prospects Seek Higher Office and Re-Election?

Rubio could run for president in 2016. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate class of 2010 produced a handful of GOP rising stars, some whom may run for president or vice president as soon as 2016.

But the timing presents a problem for these Republicans: Not all states allow candidates to appear on a ballot twice. This would negate their ability to run for re-election to the Senate and president or vice president at the same time.

Roll Call often addresses this issue in its weekly series “Farm Team,” which examines the future candidates and politicking in every state. Here is how three could-be contenders stack up with state laws: Full story

October 31, 2013

Daines Holding ‘Special Event’ Next Week

Montana Rep. Steve Daines, who is widely expected to run for Senate, is inviting supporters to a “special event” next week.

According to an invitation distributed by the Daines campaign on Thursday, the Republican’s event will take place Nov. 6 at a Holiday Inn in Bozeman. The missive included an unchanged logo, “Daines U.S. Congress.”

“Steve wants an opportunity to thank supporters like you — we hope to see you there!” the invitation reads. Full story

Obama: I’m ‘Very Proud’ of John Tierney

Obama visited Boston on Wednesday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama praised embattled Democratic Rep. John F. Tierney at a fundraiser held at a private residence near Boston.

The Wednesday event sought to raise funds for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at a private home in Weston, Mass. According to a White House transcript, Obama called out Tierney to praise his work in Congress during his remarks. Full story

Uncertainty Reigns in Race for Watt’s House Seat

Watt has been nominated for a post in the administration. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The future of North Carolina’s 12th District remains uncertain after Senate Republicans filibustered Rep. Melvin Watt’s confirmation to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency on Thursday.

Seven Democrats have announced campaigns for Watt’s seat since President Barack Obama nominated him in April. They assumed Watt would be confirmed and there would be a special election to fill the vacancy in his seat.

However, Watt told CQ Roll Call earlier this month that he could still run for re-election if his confirmation fails in the Senate. He added that the Democrats who have announced bids for his seat told him they would suspend their campaigns if his nomination failed and if he chose to run for re-election. Full story

New Hampshire Braces for Ayotte Race in 2016

Ayotte is serving her first term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

If there’s anything to be gleaned from this week’s edition of Roll Call’s “Farm Team” series, it’s that the most exciting Senate race of 2016 could take place in New Hampshire.

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is not even halfway through her first term, but Granite State Democrats are already sizing up their 2016 recruiting field — and state tea party activists are making noise about a primary challenge. Full story

EMILY’s List Backs Sink After Ditching Ehrlich in Florida Special Election

EMILY’s List, the organization that seeks to boost women who support abortion rights into elected office, endorsed former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink on Thursday in the special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young, a Republican, in Florida’s 13th District.

The endorsement comes one day after the organization removed a rival Democratic candidate — Jessica Ehrlich — from its website.

EMILY’s List had placed Ehrlich “on the list” earlier this year, before Young announced his retirement and then passed away shortly thereafter – a denotation that is often a precursor to a full-on endorsement from the organization.

Full story

October 30, 2013

Florida House Special-Election Date Scheduled

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled a special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., for next year.

The primary election will be Jan. 14, and the general election will be March 11.

Young died Oct. 18. Operatives from both parties expect a highly contested and competitive race for his seat. The district narrowly voted for President Barack Obama last year, making it the first special election of the cycle that could serve as a harbinger for the 2014 midterm elections.

Former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink joined attorney Jessica Ehrlich in the Democratic primary Wednesday morning. Soon after Sink’s announcement, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee indicated that that organization would back her over Ehrlich.

As for the Republicans, GOP political consultant Nick Zoller jumped in earlier this month, and other Republicans are giving the seat a look as well.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported the news of the special-election date.

The race is rated Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

House Candidate Removed From EMILY’s List Website (Updated)

Updated 3:24 p.m. | EMILY’s List has removed attorney Jessica Ehrlich from its online page of favored candidates — an ominous sign for the Democrat running in the highly competitive special election for Florida’s 13th District.

In May, EMILY’s List put Ehrlich “On the List” — a designation that often serves as a precursor to a candidate receiving a full-blown endorsement from the influential organization that backs female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.

Her absence from the website suggests that some Democrats are dropping their support of Ehrlich, who is on her second bid for the district. On Wednesday morning, former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink announced her candidacy. Sink is another favorite of EMILY’s List.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel issued a statement crowing about Sink’s entrance into the race on Wednesday morning, but it fell short of a full endorsement. Full story

McCain Takes Sides in House GOP Primary in New York

McCain has endorsed a candidate in a House race in New York. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., endorsed state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s  bid to challenge Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., picking sides in a competitive GOP primary in the 1st District.

“Lee has the integrity, work ethic and sense of duty that can help make a positive difference in Washington today,” McCain said in a Wednesday news release. “Lee’s service in the military, as a federal prosecutor and in state government demonstrate his deep commitment to advancing causes greater than his own self-interest. Full story

Alex Sink Will Run in Competitive Florida House Race

Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink will run to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District.

“I never let politics, fingert-pointing or name-calling stand in the way of getting results for the people I represent, and it’s these results-oriented values that I want to bring to Washington,” she said in a statement. “For the sake of our economy, our businesses and our families, we have to restore problem-solving leadership.”

The announcement was widely expected. Sink, for now, does not have a clear shot at the nomination but is the Democratic front-runner. Attorney Jessica Ehrlich is also running for the seat.
A crucial group to watch in this primary is EMILY’s List. Full story

October 29, 2013

Conservative Group Attacks McConnell on TV (Updated)

McConnell is seeking re-election in 2014. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 12:03 p.m. | The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Tuesday that it will air a 30-second attack ad against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, accusing the Kentucky Republican of wavering in his fight against the president’s health care law during the government shutdown debate.

“Conservatives asked Mitch McConnell to lead the fight against Obamacare. He didn’t listen,” the 30-second ad says. “Instead, McConnell helped Barack Obama and Harry Reid fund Obamacare. Now Kentucky families are paying the price. Premiums up, lost coverage, even lost jobs. When Kentucky needed Mitch McConnell the most, he let us down. Now he’s asking us to give him six more years in Washington?”

http://youtu.be/VKBTQhTTUnY Full story

Chamber of Commerce Battles Tea Party in Alabama Special Election

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a group that regularly spends millions to boost business-friendly congressional candidates, will endorse former state Sen. Bradley Byrne in Alabama’s 1st District special election on Tuesday.

The chamber will endorse Byrne over GOP businessman Dean Young, a social conservative whose views align with the tea party movement, in the Nov. 5 GOP primary runoff to replace former Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala.

The Byrne endorsement marks the chamber’s first big move to combat tea party conservatives in the GOP whom they blame — along with many Americans — for the shutdown of the U.S. government earlier this month.

Full story

Democratic Candidate Says Gitmo Experience Is Not a Liability (Video)

Cannon is running in a competitive House district in Michigan. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The candidate: Ret. Army Major General Jerry Cannon, a Democrat.
The member: Rep. Dan Benishek, a two-term Republican.
The district: In 2012, Benishek defeated Democratic challenger Gary McDowell by less than 2,000 votes in this Upper Peninsula district. Mitt Romney carried the district with 54 points.
The candidate’s team: Travis Lowe and Clare Gannon of Three Point Media (media), Al Quinlan and Andrew Baumann of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner (polling), Terry Walsh at The Strategy Group (mail).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K40bWSQfws Full story

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