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Off to the races: Food fight! More Christie vs. Paul

Rand Paul vs. Chris Christie continues, as Paul called Christie the “King of Bacon” and Christie saying Paul “should start cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky.”

CALIFORNIA: While everyone pays attention to Anthony Weiner, running for mayor in the media capital of the country and fading fast, things just keep getting worse for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner as an EIGHTH woman has now come forward to say Filner had made unwanted advances. (As a reminder, Filner only became mayor last year and served in Congress from 1993 to 2012.)

USA Today: “Lisa Curtin, director of government and military education at San Diego City College, became the eighth woman to go public with allegations about Filner when she told KPBS that he made unwanted advances to her during a meeting in 2011, when he was a Democratic member of Congress, the station reported. Curtin said that Filner asked to meet with her privately at the conclusion of a business meeting, and that once alone with her he asked about the wedding ring she was wearing. She replied that she had been married for 25 years, she said. ‘He then asked me if it could come off while I was in D.C. and if I would go out with him,’ Curtin said. ‘I said I really didn't think so. And at that point, he pulled my hand closer to him and he reached over to kiss me. I turned my head at that moment and on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek.’”

And this: The San Diego Union-Tribune: “San Diego sued its own mayor on Tuesday and the City Council decisively rejected his request to have taxpayers cover his legal bills stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit.” The city's actions "made it clear Filner won’t be able to seek any refuge from fellow city leaders as he tries to move forward amid scandal." 

KENTUCKY:"More than 1,000 people gathered on the large lawn of Carrick House in downtown Lexington Tuesday to help Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes officially kick off her bid to be Kentucky's next U.S. senator," the Lexington Herald Leader reports. "The event, which lasted more than an hour, featured a Who's Who of Kentucky Democrats, ranging from Gov. Steve Beshear to three former Democratic governors — Paul Patton, Martha Layne Collins and Julian Carroll — and a large video screen that showed messages from former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville." Grimes, on McConnell: "There is a disease of dysfunction in Washington, and after almost 30 years, Sen. McConnell is at the center of it," she said.

Meanwhile, McConnell primary challenger Matt Bevin’s campaign is pushing that McConnell hasn’t taken a stance on backing Ted Cruz’s position on trying to repeal Obamacare. The Hill: “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) said Tuesday he has yet to decide whether to support a proposal to block government funding if it includes money for ObamaCare.”

Bevin’s campaign said in a press release: “Today, U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin issued a challenge to Senator Mitch McConnell to sign the pledge to defund Obamacare.  Matt Bevin signed the pledge and fully supports Senators Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and others in their efforts to end the enactment of Obamacare before its implementation.”

MICHIGAN: House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp "is considering a possible Senate run in Michigan in 2014, a move that could put in play another Democratic seat heading into next year’s midterm elections. Camp has met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about the race, he said in an interview," Politico reports. Camp: "I have talked to McConnell...I’m looking at it...It’s a big decision, and I’m going to look at it very carefully and thoughtfully."

It could also, though, put in Camp’s House seat in play for Democrats. It has a Cook PVI of R+5, voted 53% for Romney, but went narrowly for Obama in 2008 with 49.6%

MONTANA:"Another candidate Democrats were hoping to recruit for Montana's open Senate seat said Tuesday she won't be running for the office," AP reports. "Stephanie Schriock, who helped run U.S. Sen. Jon Tester's 2006 campaign and is currently president of the Washington, D.C.-based group Emily's List, said she considered the idea, but ultimately rejected it." Schriock: "Montana raised me, and it will always be my heart, said Schriock, who grew up in Butte. "It has been truly incredible to hear from so many folks who believe in me. I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time."

NEW JERSEY: Cory Booker’s getting some Oprah money. The talk-show mogul hosts a fundraiser for the Democratic Senate candidate Thursday.

NEW YORK:"Anthony Weiner’s campaign doesn’t back down from a fight. On Tuesday evening, responding to an expose penned by a former campaign intern in the New York Daily News, Weiner campaign communications director Barbara Morgan went into an expletive-laced tirade to the website Talking Points Memo," NBC News reports. "Calling the young intern several disparaging names for the female anatomy, Morgan also threatened to sue the college student for the Daily News piece....Later Tuesday night, Morgan told NBC News in a statement: 'In a moment of frustration, I used inappropriate language in what I thought was an off the record conversation. It was wrong and I am very sorry, which is what I said tonight when I called and emailed Olivia to apologize.'"

But Weiner reiterated on Tuesday he isn't backing down, even as he's slipped to fourth place in polling. USA Today: "A defiant Anthony Weiner said again Tuesday he will not quit the race for New York City mayor, vowing in a new video that he'll continue to fight amid the furor over his lewd messages to women. 'Quit isn't the way we roll in New York City,' Weiner said in the minute-long video posted on his campaign website.”

Maggie Haberman reports: “Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told Politico. The move is not a leave of absence, two sources familiar with the move insisted, and it’s not precisely clear when she will depart for her vacation time from her day job. It was a loose plan she’d had for weeks, since Hillary Clinton has close to no schedule next month - the Clintons are expected to vacation in the monied East Hampton enclave on Long Island - and Abedin had been expected to take the final few weeks leading up to the mayoral primary to be with her husband. But she decided to stick to it as current events in her husband’s campaign have unfolded, the sources said.”

“New York City's crackdown on big, sugary sodas is staying on ice,” AP writes. In a unanimous decision, “A mid-level state appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city's Board of Health exceeded its legal authority when it voted last year to put a 16-ounce size limit on high-calorie soft drinks served in restaurants, theaters, stadiums, sidewalk food carts and many other places.”

NORTH CAROLINA: Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) "said Tuesday she won't run for North Carolina's U.S. Senate next year, opting instead to see re-election for a third term in the U.S. House," the Charlotte Observer reports. Ellmers statement: "There is still plenty of time to look at future positions like the Senate and I will do my best to support the Republican candidate for this seat. I feel the best job I can do for the people of North Carolina and the Second District is to continue fighting for them in the House. I will continue to do everything in my power to fight for a better future for my state, our nation, and the liberty that unites us all."