Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Sunday Night Wrap-Up

  • Texas: BOR's Todd Hill is breaking that State Representative and Lt. Colonel Rick Noriega said that "he is one week out from launching his senatorial exploratory committee." The Austin American-Statesman informs us that Noriega is already making preparations for a one-year leave of absence from his day job and that he already enjoys the support of 49 of 68 fellow state House Democrats. (HT: SSP)

  • Alaska: Could we see a Begich-Berkowitz tag team taking on the ethically-challenged duo of Stevens-Young?

  • New Mexico: Talking Points Memo raises yet another angle to the Attorney Purge scandal that allegedly involves Pajamas Pete Domenici intimately, but on which Domenici has not been at all forthcoming. It will be something to watch him try to explain himself here.

  • Michigan Liberal diarist LiberalLucy offers some good reasons "why you need to see SiCKO."

  • YearlyKos is running an auction fundraiser. Check out the cool stuff to bid on. Like Digby says, "It's for a good Kos."

  • The Guru's first weekly column at MyDD is up. Hope you find it interesting.


    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    Looks like the Republican has found a top-tier challenge to Landrieu:

    John N. Kennedy, Louisiana's conservative Democratic state treasurer, is expected to change parties and run against Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu as a Republican at the urging of White House aide Karl Rove, despite harassment from the Democratic-controlled state legislature.

    Kennedy long has considered changing parties, but wanted to wait until the current state legislative session ended. His switch was discussed on Mother's Day in a private lunch attended by Kennedy, Rove and David Vitter, Louisiana's Republican senator. When Vitter leaked Kennedy's intentions, the legislature began machinations to obstruct operations of the state treasurer's office.

    A strong fiscal conservative, Kennedy is fighting maneuvers intended to chew up a state budget surplus, as a Republican, Rep. Bobby Jindal, is expected to be elected governor of Louisiana this year.

    This doesn't preclude Richard Baker or Jay Dardenne from making a run for the seat. Baker, however, is more likely to run for re-election. Dardenne has said he's running for re-election as Secretary of State in 2007, for which he is heavily favored to win, but that doesn't mean he can't entertain a Senate bid after November '07.

    9:28 AM, July 02, 2007  
    Blogger Anthony_Distler said...

    Yes, yep. Democrats were hoping that Kennedy would stay away from this one. With him in the race, this race turns into a tough re-election.

    11:57 AM, July 02, 2007  

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