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February 16, 2011

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

* DNC Chairman and former Gov. Tim Kaine is open to running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia, and will reportedly discuss this with President Obama directly this week. The seat is current held by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who's retiring. For his part, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has privately urged Kaine to run for the seat.

* Several congressional Dems will host a D.C. fundraiser for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on March 15, intended to boost her re-election coffers in advance of the 2012 cycle.

* Edward M. Kennedy Jr. had expressed some interest in Connecticut's open U.S. Senate race next year, but has decided not to run.

* The special election in California's 36th congressional district got a little more crowded yesterday when California Secretary of State Debra Bowen (D) launched her campaign.

* Scandal-plagued Sen. John Ensign (R) is seeking re-election in Nevada, but National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) doesn't seem happy about it, and is making no effort to support the incumbent.

* Speaking of Nevada, Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) said yesterday she's "seriously looking" at running in next year's Senate race, and would likely be competitive against Ensign.

* A number of credible Louisiana Democrats have decided not to run for governor this year, apparently believing that incumbent Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is too strong a favorite to win a second term.

* In Tennessee, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Bob Corker (R) looking like a safe bet for re-election, unless former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) runs. In that hypothetical match-up, Bredesen leads Corker, 46% to 41%.

* Reality-show star Donald Trump continues to flirt with a presidential campaign, and this week changed his voter registration to the GOP. Asked about Trump having been pro-choice, but not anymore, an aide told National Journal, "People change their positions all the time, the way they change their wives."

Steve Benen 12:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (8)

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Trump aide quote: Not from The Onion ? Really? Are you sure?

That is just too good.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on February 16, 2011 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

Hey you with the fancy hair, you have just become a right wing whipping boy.

Posted by: Ted76 on February 16, 2011 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

The $9 Million in Jindal's re-election coffers (that just happens to be reported on the radio) probably have something to do with the decision not to challenge him.

Posted by: catclub on February 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM | PERMALINK

Do you think Giffords GOP challenger will quickly sink to the use her injuries to attack her? Like "We love Giffords, but she isn't capable of being our congress person anymore?"

That is really nasty but it's not like Republicans haven't done so before.

Posted by: Raptor on February 16, 2011 at 12:35 PM | PERMALINK

"People change their positions all the time, the way they change their wives."

This is the "Family values" party. It must seem normal to Donald. They do have lots of them. Between Trump, Giuliani and Newt, wives are as interchangeable as campaign staff.

Posted by: atlliberal on February 16, 2011 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

re atlliberal...

Between Trump, Giuliani and Newt, wives are as interchangeable as campaign staff.

It is easy to tell that you are not a wealthy republican! When you find really good campaign staff, you keep them. If you find a really good wife, sooner or later it will still be time to trade her in on a newer model.

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on February 16, 2011 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

Any Louisianans here? Why is Jindal so beloved there? From what I've been reading, he seems to go from one screwup to the next.

Posted by: June on February 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, another unbelievable quote from the Uterus Control Party. Why are women not rioting in the streets after this chauvinistic white male hedonist rubbish? I will join them! How can these idiots thrive when they should be shunned and denounced?

Posted by: Trollop on February 16, 2011 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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