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March 12, 2014

Steve Israel Lobbies Alex Sink to Run in the Fall

 

Steve Israel Lobbies Alex Sink to Run in the Fall

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the aftermath of his party’s special election loss in Florida, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel refused to blame his candidate. Instead, he doubled down on her prospects to win in the fall.

“I believe if Alex Sink decides to run, she will win in November,” Israel said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. “We will do everything — and I mean everything — to support her in that endeavor.”

Sink came up 2 points short Tuesday against Republican Rep.-elect David Jolly. Whether or not Sink runs again is unclear.

“I did call her last night and left a message,” Israel said. “My message was, I think she ran a great race and if this election were in November versus March, I believe she would have won, and I encouraged her to speak with us about continuing this campaign to victory in November.”

“I have not heard back from her,” he added. Full story

March 11, 2014

Republicans Win Florida Special Election With David Jolly

Republicans Win Florida Special Election With David Jolly

(Courtesy David Jolly)

 

Republican David Jolly won Tuesday’s high-stakes race to replace his former boss, the late GOP Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Florida, in Congress.

The Republican nominee defeated Democrat Alex Sink 49 percent to 47 percent, with all of the precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 7:49 p.m. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 5 percent. Full story

Ronnie Cho ‘Very Close’ to Making Decision on House Run in Arizona

Ronnie Cho Very Close to Making Decision on House Run in Arizona

(Grace Dobush/CQ Roll Call)

AUSTIN, Texas — Ronnie Cho, a former White House staffer, is “very close” to making a decision on whether he’ll run for Arizona’s 7th District this year.

The Arizona he knows and loves “hasn’t been represented by the people who are put up for office,” Cho said. “Certainly I’m an unconventional candidate, if that’s the case. I haven’t gone through the ranks, but maybe that’s OK.” Full story

By Grace Dobush Posted at 7:47 p.m.
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Two Democrats Running for Virgin Islands’ Delegate Seat

Two Democrats Running for Virgin Islands Delegate Seat

Christensen is running for governor of the Virgin Islands, creating an open-seat race to succeed her in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Virgin Islands’ non-voting delegate to Congress, Donna M.C. Christensen, announced Saturday that she will run for governor, opening a seat she has safely held for nearly 20 years.

So far, two Virgin Islands Democrats have entered the race to succeed her.

Stacey Plaskett, a St. Croix attorney, announced her intention last November to run for Congress. Plaskett is making her second run for the House after losing to Christensen in the 2012 Democratic primary. Full story

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses House Candidates

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses House Candidates

SCF just endorsed Loudermilk, a candidate for the House in Georgia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Conservatives Fund — an organization that has traditionally supported conservative Senate hopefuls — has backed five House candidates.

On Tuesday, SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins wrote the endorsements, which are part of the organization’s new “House Conservatives Project.”

“These candidates believe deeply in our nation’s founding principles and will be strong voices for freedom in Washington,” Hoskins wrote. “They are strong conservatives who will fight to balance the budget and repeal Obamacare.” Full story

March 10, 2014

Vulnerable Democrats Missing From All-Night Climate Change Debate

Vulnerable Democrats Missing From All Night Climate Change Debate

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Thirty Senate Democrats are scheduled to stage an all-night talkathon to address climate change and its deniers, but notably missing from the extensive roster of speakers are moderate Democrats, especially those who are up for re-election in 2014.

According to a list of participating senators provided by Democrats, the most politically vulnerable among them will not speak: Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas and John Walsh of Montana. Interviews with several moderate Democrats on Monday suggested they were not invited to contribute to the event, while GOP campaigns hit Senate Democrats generally for staging such a stand on the floor.

“I will not be [speaking],” Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Energy Committee, said before votes Monday. “I will not be, but I think what they’re doing is helpful.”

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Elizabeth Warren Campaign Staffers Talk Strategy at SXSW

Elizabeth Warren Campaign Staffers Talk Strategy at SXSW

Firestone, Miller, Coulombe and Myers said email and social-media efforts were key to the campaign's success. (Grace Dobush/CQ Roll Call)

AUSTIN, Texas — Staffers from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 campaign gave an inside look at the strategies that helped the Massachusetts Democrat clinch victory at a South by Southwest panel Monday.

Warren had never run for office before her Senate campaign, but thanks to grass-roots organizing and extensive online efforts, she went on to defeat incumbent Scott Brown by 7.5 points. The panelists were digital director Lauren Miller, field director Mike Firestone, get-out-the-vote director Amanda Coulombe and campaign manager Mindy Myers, who is now Warren’s chief of staff. Full story

By Grace Dobush Posted at 5:43 p.m.
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House Delegate to Run for Governor in Virgin Islands

House Delegate to Run for Governor in Virgin Islands

From left to right: Del. Madeleine Z. Bordallo, D-Guam, and Christensen (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The House is losing yet another Democrat, the latest to make the list of the retirements and resignations in the 113th Congress.

The Virgin Islands’ non-voting delegate to Congress, Donna M.C. Christensen, announced she is running for governor.

Christensen is one of three House members running to be the chief executive back home this year.  Democrats Michael H. Michaud of Maine and Allyson Y. Schwartz of Pennsylvania are also vying for the governor’s mansion in their states.

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March 7, 2014

DCCC Adds Nick Rahall to Incumbent Protection Program

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel has named Rep. Nick J. Rahall II of West Virginia to the committee’s Frontline program.

Frontline is a designation for endangered Democratic incumbents.

“As a battle-tested campaigner, Nick Joe Rahall has been the overwhelming choice of southern West Virginians because he stands for commonsense values, will protect Social Security and Medicare and will relentlessly fight for good-paying West Virginia jobs,” Israel said in a release.

“We won’t stand on the sidelines while outside groups spend millions of dollars to deceive voters about an incumbent.”

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Cochran Upbeat About Primary Fight, Not Running Scared

Cochran Upbeat About Primary Fight, Not Running Scared

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran was upbeat this week that he will prevail over his tea-party-backed Republican primary challenger when voters go to the polls in June.

“I’m very pleased. I’m enjoying getting around the state and visiting with friends and supporters,” Cochran said in a brief interview. “We’re making good progress, I think, in our campaign. We have more candidates than we’ve had in a Senate race I think since my first race for Congress in 1972 — independents, a Democrat or two and a Republican or two.”

Cochran and his supporters, including a super PAC, are making the case about the importance of the clout of the longtime GOP senator. A recent super PAC ad specifically highlighted Cochran’s work to bring federal funds to rebuild the ravaged Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, dinging challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel for his comments on the aid question.

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Tea Party Senate Candidates Descend on CPAC

Tea Party Senate Candidates Descend on CPAC

Maness is running for Senate in Louisiana. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Much of the attention surrounding the Conservative Political Action Conference is understandably focused on the plethora of Republicans here who may be running for president at this time next year.

But, mostly offstage and behind the scenes, a handful of tea-party-backed Senate candidates — each running uphill against better-funded Republicans — are here among the thousands of conservative activists. They’re shaking hands, meeting potential supporters and raising some money.

They include Matt Bevin of Kentucky and Milton Wolf of Kansas, each waging primary challenges to Republican senators. Also in attendance are lesser-known hopefuls Rob Maness of Louisiana, Greg Brannon of North Carolina and David Clements of New Mexico, plus Joe Miller of Alaska, who are fighting for their party’s nomination to take on Democratic senators.

Kentucky, Louisiana, Alaska and North Carolina are on the front lines of the battle for Senate control. Republicans need to pick up a net six seats to win the majority.

“It’s a good opportunity in one centralized location to meet as many people as possible, and get your name and face in front of them,” said Maness, a retired Air Force colonel who is battling GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy and Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in Louisiana’s jungle primary. Full story

Rand Paul Headlining CPAC Fundraiser for N.C. Senate Hopeful

Rand Paul Headlining CPAC Fundraiser for N.C. Senate Hopeful

Paul will make time for a fundraiser for a Senate hopeful while at CPAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is headlining a fundraiser Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference for a tea-party-backed Senate candidate in North Carolina.

Greg Brannon, a physician, is one of a handful of Republicans hoping to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is a top GOP target in her bid for a second term. Brannon has collected the endorsements of Paul and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, though state Speaker Thom Tillis is the GOP front-runner.

Paul will follow up his mid-afternoon address at CPAC by appearing with Brannon at a McCormick & Schmick’s near where the conference is being held. Tickets to the event cost up to $500, according to the online invitation. Full story

Bill Shuster Begins Major TV Ad Campaign

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster is leaving nothing to chance in his campaign for a seventh full term.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman is going up Friday with a monthlong, $400,000 TV ad campaign ahead of the Keystone State’s May 20 Republican primary.

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A Campaign’s Favorite Spokesperson: the Daughter

A candidate recently aimed to make a positive impression on voters by starring his female offspring in a TV ad.

It happens nearly every cycle — and it did again last week, with a new Senate campaign spot from Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont.

His two daughters, Annie and Caroline, told voters all about the positive points of his biography, highlighting the fact that he is a “fifth-generation Montanan.”

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Rodney Davis Dwarfs Competition in Fundrising Ahead of Primary

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., far outraised his opposition in the competitive 13th District, according to fundraising reports filed Thursday — less than two weeks before the March 18 primary.

Davis raised $328,000 from Jan. 1 to Feb. 26, according to his pre-primary filing with the Federal Election Commission. Davis also reported $1.1 million in cash on hand.

The first-term congressman’s fundraising dwarfs that of his competitors.

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