Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., placed a six-figure television buy more than a year ahead of Tennessee’s primary, enlisting Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as a guest star, according to an Alexander spokesman.
The reservation will run statewide from July 8-21 and cost about $180,000. It includes broadcast and cable reservations and $24,000 in radio advertising.
The Lamar camp provided the ad for the buy to CQ Roll Call and noted that he had a $2 million second-quarter fundraising haul. The ad is an anti-government, “positive” spot about fishing rights.
A week ago, Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote to group supporters of his interest in supporting a primary challenge against Alexander if “a strong, conservative” candidate emerges.
Tennessee’s GOP primary is scheduled on Aug. 7, 2014.
Freshman Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., raised about $400,000 in the second quarter, according to her campaign spokesman.
The campaign does not yet have a final tally, but estimates are that she will come in with $390,000 to $400,000 in quarterly fundraising, with about $550,000 in cash on hand.
She will need the money. The Rothenberg Political Report rates the 9th District as Democrat Favored, but it is situated in the pricey Phoenix media market and a competitive Republican field is already forming.
Possible Sinema challengers include retired Air Force Lt. Col. Wendy Rogers, who launched her campaign in March, while former Arizona State University football player Andrew Walter filed his statement of candidacy in April. Businessman Martin Sepulveda and 2012 GOP nominee Vernon Parker are also frequently mentioned contenders.
Buck is thinking about running for Senate again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rocky Mountain State Republicans continue to struggle in their search for a challenger for Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., thanks to the fractious nature of the state’s party.
The field of potential candidates reflects a shallow GOP bench in a race that should pique the interest of any ambitious Colorado Republican. Since the start of the cycle, the field of potential candidates has evolved into a mix of young talent, old names, and middle-rank state legislators.
“There are a lot of viable candidates who wouldn’t scare the hell out of suburban women …who could actually win a general,” said lobbyist Mike Beasley, a former staffer to former Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican. “But a lot of them wouldn’t want to suffer through … what continues to be these weird, stranger and stranger primaries.”
Another Republican is poised to enter the race for GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s seat in West Virginia
Ex-U.S. International Trade Commissioner Charlotte Lane told CQ Roll Call on Tuesday that she is “in the process” of getting her papers together to file her candidacy. She expects to file sometime this week. Full story
Democrats are recruiting a retired Army general to challenge Benishek. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
A retired Army general is close to announcing he will challenge Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., next year, according to Democratic operatives familiar with Michigan politics.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jerry Cannon is considered the party’s top prospect to win the Wolverine State’s seat in the Upper Peninsula. A Michigan Democratic operative said “the party is quite hot on” the longtime military official as a recruit, and national Democratic sources concurred about the former commander of the Joint Detention Operations Group at Guantánamo Bay.
Cantor gave campaign cash to a GOP candidate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Three top House GOP leaders donated to their party’s most prominent openly gay House candidate, former San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, a top prospect in a competitive California race.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and former Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia gave campaign cash to DeMaio in June.
“I’m grateful to receive this strong early support, which I believe reflects both my record of getting fiscal reforms done in San Diego and my more inclusive vision for the future as a new generation Republican,” DeMaio said in a Tuesday news release.
Iraq War veteran Jim Mowrer announced on Tuesday that he will challenge Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in the 4th District.
Mowrer, a Democrat, struck a nonpartisan tone in his announcement for the GOP district. He also took subtle shots at King, who is known nationally and in Iowa as a conservative firebrand who often makes controversial comments.
“When I served in Iraq, there were no Democrats or Republicans — just Americans working together to protect our safety and stability,” Mowrer said in a news release. “In Congress, too many politicians are trying to score political points for partisan gain or pushing sound bytes to please their extreme base. I’ve decided to run for Congress to restore that true sense of public service.”
McConnell has a challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced she will challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014, ending months of speculation about whether Democrats could deliver a top recruit for that targeted race.
“I have met with my supporters, we have had a great conversation, and determined and decided that we can next make the best move, the best difference in the commonwealth of Kentucky, by running for the U.S. Senate,” Grimes said at a Monday event in Kentucky.
National Democrats had laid all their hopes with Grimes’ bid since March, when actress Ashley Judd announced she wouldn’t run against McConnell. A top fundraiser and brutal campaigner, McConnell is a top target for Democrats this cycle.
A second aide to Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., resigned last week as part of an ongoing election fraud investigation that continues to fester in the freshman’s office.
Garcia’s communications director, Giancarlo Sopo, submitted his resignation only weeks after Garcia’s chief of staff, Jeffrey Garcia (no relation to the congressman) resigned at the end of May. Full story