Thursday Quick Hits
North Carolina: Democratic Congressman Brad Miller is indeed considering a challenge to Liddy Dole. Blue South cheers him on.
Virginia: Raising Kaine highlights super-popular former Governor Mark Warner's continued hinting at a future electoral run, while WaPo has M. Warner suggesting that he's in no immediate rush to make a final decision on electoral plans.
New Mexico: The bad press just keeps on coming for Pajamas Pete Domenici. The story ain't going away anytime soon, certainly not while the Senate Ethics investigation is ongoing. (So we need a prominent Democrat to step up and challenge him now!)
Mississippi: MyDD's Singer has Arlen Specter dropping a possible hint that Thad Cochran may have already privately decided on retirement. Couple Specter's comment with Rove's presentation and it makes one wonder. We know Cochran has a distaste for serving in the minority party. Is a Cochran retirement imminent?
Idaho: Yesterday's Magic Valley Times-News suggested that GOP Rep. Mike Simpson would consider a Senate bid if Larry Craig retired, setting up a possible Simpson primary against GOP Lt. Gov. Jim Risch. Well, today's Sun Valley Online suggests that Simpson is "not terribly attracted to Senator Larry Craig's Senate seat, even if the senator decides to retire." We'll always have Commissioner Robert Vasquez to keep things interesting on the GOP side, I guess.
Montana: GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg has himself a very solid Democratic opponent for his House seat, Bill Kennedy, Chairman of the Montana Board of Transportation and a Yellowstone County Commissioner. Kennedy last ran statewide in 2004 for Secretary of State, narrowly losing a close race 219,821 to 210,972. Will Rehberg's formidable new opponent make him more or less likely to consider challenging popular Democratic Senator Max Baucus? Rehberg will probably be spending a few bucks on some polls in the near future.
Georgia: Frequent readers of the Guru's blog know that the incumbent Republican I most want to see lose in 2008 is Saxby Chambliss. Unfortunately, no top tier Democrats have stepped up yet. Meanwhile, Chambliss polls very well against "Conservative Democrat" Vernon Jones. Not a day goes by that I don't hope that former Senator and true American hero Max Cleland reconsiders and challenges "Shameless" Chambliss to a rematch.