Attorney Erika Harold, who was Miss America 2003, told Roll Call today that she’s considering a bid for retiring Rep. Timothy Johnson’s (R-Ill.) seat.
“I am exploring the possibility, but I haven’t made any decisions at this point,” Harold said. “I feel that I might have a unique perspective to offer at this point in time as a young woman who understands some of the concerns that young people face in this economic condition.” Full story
Add former Miss America Erika Harold to the long list of those considering a campaign. The 2003 national pageant winner is a Chicago attorney originally from Champaign County — the most populous part of the district. Full story
The Sierra Club endorsed Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard in Hawaii’s open 2nd district Democratic primary.
“Tulsi’s strong environmental record, including helping pass tough laws regulating greenhouse gases and being an outspoken advocate for renewable energy, distinguished her from the other candidates for this office,” said Steve Montgomery, who co-chairs the group’s Hawaii chapter. Full story
If Sen. Orrin Hatch is breathing a sigh of relief, he isn’t acting like it. In a brief interview with Roll Call this evening, the Utah Republican declined to gloat about his Saturday victory at the state GOP convention.
Rather, Hatch displayed the same attitude of determined but disciplined caution he has exhibited since beginning what many believed was an uphill campaign for re-election two years ago.
“We were very pleased. A couple months ago people were saying I couldn’t come out of the convention,” Hatch said, absent any of the emotion that his optimistic comments suggest.
The campaign advertisement Sen. Dick Lugar’s (R-Ind.) supporters have been waiting to see on their television hits the airwaves on Monday.
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) delivers a hearty endorsement for the embattled six-term Senator in a new television spot, declaring, “I can’t think of anyone so reflective of the thinking, principles and ideals of our state.”
Lugar faces the toughest primary challenge of his career on May 8 against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Support from the popular Daniels, one of Lugar’s closest political allies and his former top Capitol Hill aide, aims to push the vulnerable Senator over the finish line.
Sen. Orrin Hatch and former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist will face off in a June 26 primary for the Republican nomination in Utah.
The 78-year-old incumbent came up just short of securing his party’s nomination today at the state Republican convention in Salt Lake City, but he starts out favored against his conservative challenger. Full story
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) addressed his state’s redistricting process and the subsequent fallout from it at a breakfast briefing with reporters today.
“There were, of course, bumps and bruises and divisions. No one likes redistricting. There are no real winners,” he said at an event hosted by Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C. He added a caveat that at times there are “coincidental or incidental” winners in redistricting.
The Democratic Member who most vigorously opposed the map that O’Malley eventually signed into law was Rep. Donna Edwards.
Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson today will endorse and later appear alongside former Sen. George Allen, who is running to win back his former seat in Virginia.
The Republicans will hold a small-business roundtable this afternoon at Bill’s Barbecue, a Richmond institution that recently closed five of its eight area locations, according to local reports. Johnson, who was recently tasked with coordinating Senate Republicans’ messaging, ran his own business for three decades before being elected to the Senate in 2010. Full story
EMILY's List will endorse ex-state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and four other women in their races for Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
EMILY’s List will announce today that it is endorsing five House candidates as part of the Democratic effort to regain control of the chamber this fall. The women are running in districts where the races are tossups or slightly favor Republicans.
The Democratic candidates getting the pro-abortion rights group’s stamp of approval today are:
Attorney Shelley Adler, running in New Jersey’s 3rd district against Rep. Jon Runyan
Attorney Kathy Boockvar, running in Pennsylvania’s 8th district against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick
State Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, running in California’s open 26th district
Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, running in New Hampshire’s 1st district for the nomination to challenge Rep. Frank Guinta
Former state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, running in Arizona’s new 9th district
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and National Republican Senatorial Committee both turned in strong fundraising in March, but the DSCC outraised its GOP counterpart by about $1.6 million, according to figures released by the committees today.
The DSCC raised $7.4 million and ended March with nearly $24 million on hand. The NRSC raised $5.8 million and had nearly $20 million in the bank on March 31. Full story