Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Waiting for Shoes to Drop

  • Alaska: What's that sound? Is it the clock ticking for Ted Stevens?

    Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, disclosed in an interview that the FBI asked him to preserve records as part of a widening investigation into Alaskan political corruption that has touched his son and ensnared one of his closest political confidants and financial backers. ...

    "They put me on notice to preserve some records," Stevens said in a brief interview about his legal team's discussions with the FBI. He declined to say what kinds of records were involved but confirmed that he had hired lawyers and that his son, former state Senate president Ben Stevens, "is also under investigation."
    The ball is rolling. Can't wait to see where it goes.

  • Georgia: Tondee's Tavern promises another Democratic Senate announcement today. We're waiting!

  • New Hampshire: Former NH-Dem Chair Kathy Sullivan is starting an effort to draft former Governor Jeanne Shaheen into the Senate race. Shaheen's husband also intimates a decision by Fall. Remember that Shaheen is significantly ahead of Sprintin' John Sununu in early polling.

  • Idaho: Larry LaRocco is kicking off his "Working for Senate" campaign, working with Idahoans around the state and meeting voters.

  • Kansas: While the GOP Presidential candidates and many other Republicans steer clear of the radioactive George W. Bush, Pat Roberts is inviting Bush to stump for him and bringing Bush's 53% disapproval in Kansas with him. With Roberts harboring around the 50% approval mark, Kansas could be the sleeper Senate race of the cycle, given the right Democratic opponent (or popular Democratic Governor Kathleen Sebelius could just have the Senate seat if she wanted it).

  • Nebraska: I hear that Republican state Attorney General Jon Bruning is making some kind of announcement today...


    Blogger Ari said...

    I'm actually a bit disappointed regarding a potential Shaheen candidacy. She ran a terrible campaign against Sununu in '02, and I'd hate to see that happen again. Furthermore, I am quickly becoming enthusiastic about Steve Marchand. I seriously think he's got the goods!

    12:35 PM, June 07, 2007  
    Blogger NOVA said...

    I also am beginning to really like Marchand. If Shaheen jumps in and they all get out (as I believe they have said), do they both go for Gregg's seat in 2010? Or is that when Lynch will decide to run? Either way, I hope we continue to see Marchand....Yeah, I wish Shaheen would just hurry and announce what she's going to do. I say she gets in.

    1:36 PM, June 07, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Lynch is never going to run for the Senate. And Shaheen already said she was out once.

    4:01 PM, June 07, 2007  

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