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September 14, 2009

MONDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP....Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* In New Jersey's closely watched gubernatorial race, a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll shows Chris Christie's (R) lead over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine shrinking to eight among likely voters, 47% to 38%. Among all registered voters, not just those who consider themselves likely to vote, Christie's lead is just one point.

* Bob McDonnell, the Republican gubernatorial hopeful in Virginia, accidentally dropped an F-bomb during a live radio interview late last week. Responding to a question about whether a tax increase may be necessary to fund transportation projects, the usually-disciplined conservative said, "I'm going to find other ways to be able to fund transportation. I've outlined twelve f***ing funding mechanisms that are creative, that are entrepreneurial." A spokesperson later told reporters, "It was an accident. It is that simple."

* As a side note, McDonnell sponsored legislation in Virginia to punish students who use profanity.

* In a bit of a surprise, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card (R) has announced he will not run in the special election to fill Massachusetts' Senate vacancy.

* In related news, Reps. John Tierney (D) and Ed Markey (D) have also decided not to run.

* In Connecticut, the latest Rasmussen poll shows Sen. Chris Dodd (D) leading some of his would-be Republican challengers, but trailing former Rep. Rob Simmons, the leading GOP contender, by 10 points, 49% to 39%.

* Former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio), who was released from federal prison last week after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, told CNN this morning he might launch a comeback.

Steve Benen 12:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (9)

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I love the "It was an accident. It is that simple" line. I mean, the reason one would accidentally say 'fuck' on the radio, is that one uses the term with reasonable frequency in one's everyday life.

There's nothing wrong with using that sort of language in everyday life. It's just that McDonnell not only passes himself off as the sort of person who doesn't, but he sponsors legislation punishing kids who use words like that in their everyday lives.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on September 14, 2009 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

And what's with calling it the 'F-bomb' anyway? It isn't like the word 'fuck' is an IED or something, waiting to go off and blow people to smithereens.

Steve, if you can't say 'fuck' here, can't you refer to it as the F-word, like people used to?

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on September 14, 2009 at 12:12 PM | PERMALINK

I think it says something about the state of the GOP in the Bay State that a lifelong GOP apparatchik, who has never held elective office, would have even be considered a strong possibility to run (be a a sacrificial lamb) for Kennedy's seat. If no one remembers, the only reason William Weld became governor is because the crypto-fascist ex-president of Boston U., John Silber, somehow got the Democratic nomination.

Posted by: Marc in Denver on September 14, 2009 at 12:15 PM | PERMALINK

i fondly remember andrew card... where was it? boston college, getting his honorary degree amidst a rain of boos and hisses, backs turned, just enormous and obvious disdain.

andrew card is a scumball and a traitor to this country.

Posted by: neill on September 14, 2009 at 12:19 PM | PERMALINK

UMass -- Card got mugged at UMass

Posted by: neill on September 14, 2009 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

It doesn't matter that it "was an accident", it was a violation of FCC standards and should be as thoroughly prosecuted as our little community radio station has been those times when an "f-bomb" accidentally slipped through.

Ten bucks says it won't happen.

Posted by: Ten Bears on September 14, 2009 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

What's up with the Bay State? Two high profile Dems-Tierney and Markey- decide NOT to run? Is there some (Latin Alert!) sub rosa quid pro quo? Because there is already a long list of Kennedy family members who also ain't gonna throw their hat in the ring.

Maybe they are all hoping to be appointed-and therefore anointed- by the governor. . .

Posted by: DAY on September 14, 2009 at 12:31 PM | PERMALINK

"Former Rep. James Traficant (D-Ohio), who was released from federal prison last week after serving seven years on a bribery and racketeering conviction, told CNN this morning he might launch a comeback."

Even if he could win election, back in 2002, before his criminal trial but after the House of Representatives had already expelled him (only the second member to be expelled since the Civil War), the media asked the House leadership what would happen if he beat the criminal charges and was reelected ?

They stated they would not seat him.

Of course, he was subsequently convicted on all 10 federal felony counts.

Posted by: Joe Friday on September 14, 2009 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

it was an "accident?" no shit?

btw, to paraphrase lenny bruce, if you take away my right to say "fuck," you take away my right to say "fuck the republican party."

Posted by: mellowjohn on September 14, 2009 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK
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