500 Days Until Election Day 2008
Wyoming: The newest member of the U.S. Senate will be state senator John Barrasso. From a political standpoint, Governor Freudenthal's choice was particularly notable given that Barrasso was widely regarded as the finalist most likely to be able to retain the seat in his 2008 special election. Let the polling and opp research commence.
New Mexico: Former Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty confirmed that Pete Domenici's call to him was "a significant factor" in the firing of former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias. Cue another round of bad local press for Pajamas Pete!
Maine: Joe Lieberman's fundraiser for Susan Collins raised a big pile of money... for Tom Allen.
Alaska: The Politico reports that Ted Stevens "has hired a criminal defense attorney" in response to the FBI investigation into his dealings with the corrupt VECO Corporation. CQPolitics further profiles the clouds of corruption hovering over Ted Stevens.
New Hampshire: Portsmouth Mayor and Senate candidate Steve Marchand correctly points out that Sprintin' John Sununu chose Big Oil over New Hampshire families in his vote the other day. Seriously, can anyone fathom how Sununu gets re-elected given his votes and rhetoric on Iraq, health care, stem cells, the environment, energy, etc. and his reduced status now in the minority Party?
Montana: Republican former state House Majority Leader Mike Lange will decide at this weekend's Republican convention whether or not he will enter the Senate race against popular Democratic Senator Max Baucus. In case the name Mike Lange sounds familiar, it might be for his infamous, obscene "Lange harangue" against popular Governor Brian Schweitzer a couple months back. I can't imagine that this guy is who the MT-GOP would want carrying their banner, but to each their own. The DSCC offers thorough background on why Mike Lange is "Not Fit for the Senate, [and] Wrong for Montana."
New Jersey: Conservative Republican Senate candidate and assemblyman Mike Doherty won't temper his guns-blazin', global warming-doubting, far-right brand of conservatism. I really hope he winds up as the Republican Senate nominee in 2008.
When Democrats run the Senate, good legislation gets passed. Perhaps we need to elect more Democratic Senators.