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August 8, 2012
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette will file charges Thursday in the case of former Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s (R) erroneous ballot petitions, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Schuette is scheduled to announce those criminal charges Thursday, and multiple people will face felony and misdemeanor charges, per the report.
McCotter dropped his re-election bid in June after he failed to file the requisite 1,000 signatures to make the Republican ballot. But his petition errors were so egregious that the attorney general opened an investigation into them.
The Free Press report said it’s unclear whether McCotter will be charged on Thursday. Full story
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee today announced the addition of 13 races to its Red to Blue program, which brings the total number in the program to more than 50.
The races in the benchmark-based, challenger-support program are a signal of where the DCCC sees opportunities for either taking out a GOP incumbent or winning a Republican-held open seat.
The Red to Blue candidates are:
- Assemblywoman Julie Brownley, running in California’s open 26th district;
- State Sen. Alan Lowenthal, running in California’s new 47th district;
- San Diego Port Commissioner Scott Peters, running in California’s 52nd district against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R);
- Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Enyart, running in Illinois’ open 12th district;
- Physician David Gill, running in Illinois’ open 13th district;
- Former state Rep. Mike Obermueller, running in Minnesota’s 2nd district against Rep. John Kline (R);
- Former Congressional aide Hayden Rogers, running in the North Carolina’s open 11th district;
- Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, running in New Hampshire’s 1st district, against freshman Rep. Frank Guinta (R);
- Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham, running in New Mexico’s open 1st district;
- Former aide to the New York City public advocate Mark Murphy, running in New York’s 11th district against freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R);
- Attorney Sean Patrick Maloney, running in New York’s 18th district against freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R);
- State Rep. Pete Gallego, running in Texas’ 23rd district against freshman Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco (R);
- Former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene, running in Washington’s open 1st district.
A new poll from businessman Jason Plummer’s campaign shows the GOP nominee leading by double digits in the open 12th district.
Plummer had 45 percent and retired Maj. Gen. William Enyart (D) received 28 percent in the Public Opinion Strategies poll.
Democrats received some good news tonight, as former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene (D) advanced to the general election in the top-two primary for Washington state’s open 1st district.
DelBene, who self-funded her primary campaign, will have the early edge in the general election against Snohomish County Councilman John Koster (R).
The Associated Press called the race with 41 percent of precincts reporting. Koster led with 44 percent, followed by DelBene with 23 percent. Behind them were three Democrats: former Microsoft manager Darcy Burner with 15 percent, former state Rep. Laura Ruderman with 7 percent and state Sen. Steve Hobbs with 7 percent.
Koster and DelBene are both looking to win after defeats in different Congressional districts in 2010. Koster lost to Rep. Rick Larsen (D) in the 2nd district, and DelBene lost to Rep. Dave Reichert (R) in the 8th district. Full story
Republican Richard Tisei, who is challenging eight-term Rep. John Tierney (D), launched his first television ad of the campaign today, Roll Call has learned.
Titled “The District,” the spot is biography-based and backed by upbeat music and a $43,000 weeklong buy on targeted cable stations in the district, which is likely to be expanded.
“I’ve met thousands of people throughout this district,” the former state Senator and 2010 GOP nominee for lieutenant governor narrates over images of him campaigning. “I went to school in this district. I own a small business in this district.”
August 7, 2012
You can’t say Rep. William Lacy Clay (D) isn’t a man of his word.
In May 2011, after redistricting put him and fellow Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan in the same urban St. Louis district, Clay was direct when asked about the potential primary: “I will run, and I will win decisively,” he promised at the time.
Today, Clay beat Carnahan in the Democratic primary, and his win was indeed decisive. With 60 percent of precincts reporting, the Associated Press called the race for Clay, who had 65 percent of the vote. Carnahan only had 35 percent.
Carnahan, a four-term Congressman and son of the late Gov. Mel Carnahan (D), never really had a clear shot at winning the newly configured seat, which only included about one-third of his constituents. Carnahan, who is white, also faced tricky racial dynamics running in a majority-minority district against Clay, who is black. Full story
Rep. Gary Peters easily defeated fellow Rep. Hansen Clarke in a Democratic primary created by the redrawing of Detroit-area districts.
Peters led Clarke in the 14th district, 47 percent to 35 percent, with 89 percent of precincts reporting. Peters, who came to Congress after winning a competitive race in a suburban Detroit district in 2008, will be the Motor City’s first white Congressman in several decades. Full story
Updated: 12:06 a.m. | Michigan Rep. John Conyers held off a crowded field in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, paving the way for the second-longest-serving House Member to cruise to a 25th term in November.
Conyers had 54 percent of the vote in the 13th district against a field of challengers that included state Sen. Glenn Anderson, with 86 percent of precincts reporting. Anderson was in second place with 19 percent.
As a result of redistricting, Conyers sought re-election in a Detroit district of mostly new turf for him, including some suburbs in the western part.
The victory of Conyers, 83, means he will serve for a 25th term in this heavily Democratic district. Conyers is second in seniority behind fellow Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who is the dean of the House and now serving in his 29th term. Full story
Rep. Todd Akin won a tightly contested GOP primary for Senate today and advances to face vulnerable Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in November.
The six-term conservative Member beat out businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman for the Senate nomination. Akin had 36 percent of the vote, with 74 percent of precincts reporting. Brunner and Steelman followed and were separated by less than 1 point.
In Akin, Democrats get the nominee they hoped to face — in fact the party played some part in pushing him to victory. Full story
Former Rep. Rick Nolan’s cash-strapped campaign received a boost this week from the state party.
The state’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party bought $120,000 in airtime to help Nolan in the Aug. 14 competitive primary to decide who will challenge vulnerable Rep. Chip Cravaack (R).
Two other Democrats are running in the primary: former state Sen. Tarryl Clark and Duluth City Councilmember Jeff Anderson. The state DFL endorsed Nolan during its convention in May. Full story
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann for Hawaii’s open 2nd district.
In a statement, Reid said that the two “go back many years” and that he worked with Hannemann and Democratic Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka on securing funding for Hawaii. Full story
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
Former Assistant District Attorney Rob Wallace today picked up the support of one of Oklahoma’s best-known Democrats: former Sen. David Boren.
Democrats expect Wallace to be their nominee after the Aug. 28 runoff, when he faces seed company owner Wayne Herriman. Boren’s seal of approval only helps Wallace’s endeavor.
The 2nd district seat is open following the retirement of the former Senator’s son, Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.). National Democrats face an uphill race to hold this “Little Dixie” House seat in November, and Roll Call rates this contest as Leans Republicans. Full story
Updated: 4:42 pm | Did Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank accidentally announce Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s retirement in an appositive clause buried nine paragraphs down in his column today?
Maybe he was writing what everyone else has been thinking, but in a piece about Reid’s ongoing spat with Mitt Romney over taxes, Milbank wrote in authoritative terms that the Nevada Democrat would not seek re-election in 2016.
“Reid, who won reelection in 2010 and doesn’t plan to run for office again, is happy to absorb blows in return — and they have been ferocious,” Milbank wrote. Full story
The Republican National Committee over the weekend reported spending another $3.8 million on independent expenditure television advertising to bolster Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, bringing its total to more than $17 million in less than a month.
Though hardly eyebrow raising compared with the investments of various pro-Romney and Republican-leaning super PACs, it is notable that the RNC chose to go on the air in July with significant buys to help counter President Barack Obama’s swing-state tsunami of television spots. The RNC tends to focus it resources on state party building and voter-turnout operations while leaving the air-war to the GOP nominee’s campaign.