Another example of “Not Helping” the GOP’s cause with minority voters. Scott Walker fired an aide for racist tweets about Hispanics. This comes after Walker has been writing about how the party can and should reach out to “Obama voters” he won in Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wraps the controversy and details the tweets.
By the way, the fast on the national mall for immigration reform continues. Four activists ended their 22-day hunger strike and eight more people took their place.
One of Hillary Clinton’s top fundraisers is setting up shop in the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA. But it could be a holding place for a Clinton 2016 run. Buzzfeed: “Four sources familiar with the Mantz discussions said he will fundraise for Priorities as the group transitions from the last presidential election into its next phase — a pro-Clinton paid media effort, likely led by Jim Messina and John Podesta, top former aides to Barack Obama and Bill Clinton respectively.”
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent suggests that Democrats aren’t only playing defense on the issue of the health care. “Democrats are currently using a major pillar of the health law — the Medicaid expansion — as a weapon against Republican Governors in multiple 2014 races. Many of these Governors opted out of the expansion or have advanced their own replacement solutions, and many are facing serious challenges.”
National Journal writes that Harry Reid is the GOP’s new 2014 bogeyman. But does anyone really know who he is?
Nathan Gonzales notes Democrats’ cash advantage heading into 2014: “House Democrats are stockpiling cash, and some GOP strategists have expressed concern that Democrats could use their financial advantage to expand the playing field. Through October, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $65 million and had $25 million in the bank for the 2014 cycle. The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $52 million during that same period and had $18 million in the bank. If Democrats continue to outpace Republicans in fundraising, that $7 million cash discrepancy could grow between now and next November.”
ARKANSAS: KATV: "Sen. Mark Pryor is out with a new TV ad offering a Biblical solution to the already heated 2014 Senate race in Arkansas. Pryor's campaign said the ad will begin airing on Wednesday. In the 30 second ad, Pryor speaks directly to the camera about his faith in the Bible. The ad is a substantial purchase for the campaign and will run statewide."
LOUISIANA: Sen. David Vitter (R) is considering a run for governor in 2015. He told AP: "This is the logical time to do it, if I'm ever going to do it. There are strong arguments in either direction, but the general question in my mind is where I think I can make the most positive contribution." Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is term-limited. It could be a competitive primary with the lieutenant governor already saying he’s in and the state treasurer also considering running. Vitter’s Senate seat isn’t up until 2016, so a gubernatorial bid could be a free shot for him. It’s a remarkable turnaround for a man who was not long ago caught up in a prostitution scandal many observers weren’t sure he could survive.
MICHIGAN: Roll Call: “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Tuesday swiftly moved behind former State Department adviser Bobby McKenzie’s bid to oust embattled Rep. Kerry Bentivolio — hours after the party’s top recruitment prospect declined to challenge the Michigan Republican. McKenzie is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 11th District. Bentivolio is also contending with a primary challenge from attorney David Trott.”
NEBRASKA: The Hill: “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has endorsed Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse in what's becoming an increasingly contentious primary for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns' (R) seat.” Sasse is the president of Midland University. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is no fan of Sasse’s for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund.
National Review reported: “As soon as Sasse sat down [Nov. 12 to clear the air], McConnell lit into him, criticizing him for working with the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) as well as for posting a viral YouTube video in which he demanded ‘every Republican in Washington, starting with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to show some actual leadership.’ Republicans in Washington familiar with these kinds of sessions say the Kentucky Republican’s specialty is long, tension-filled pauses. But even for McConnell, this was awkward. Josh Holmes, McConnell’s top political hand, privately told friends afterward it was the most uncomfortable meeting he’d been in.”
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Scott Brown’s going to be back in New Hampshire Dec. 19th to raise money for the state GOP. He recently donated $10,000 to the state party.
WEST VIRGINIA: The American Energy Alliance is running an ad against Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall, National Journal reports. Despite being a longtime supporter of the coal industry, the group is hitting him for voting for a House Progressive Caucus budget that would in part be funded by a carbon tax. Rahall says he didn’t know it was in there and voted against cap and trade in 2009 and says he opposes a carbon tax.
WYOMING: ABC News: "Former Vice President Dick Cheney reluctantly commented today on the rift between his two daughters Liz and Mary Cheney, saying that he was surprised that Mary, who is lesbian, and her wife attacked Liz on Facebook. 'We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn't happened," Cheney said at the National Press Club. "It's always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that's our preference.'"
First published December 4 2013, 6:14 AM