Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Friday, August 31, 2007

The End of Summer Draws Nigh

  • Idaho: The audio of Larry Craig's post-arrest interview with the arresting officer has hit the Tubes. It is damning. The cop repeatedly suggests that Craig is lying. The cop's best line: "I'm just disappointed in you sir. I'm just really am. I expect this from the guy that we get out of the hood. I mean, people vote for you." There is much speculation about Craig resigning, but that is probably coming from the Republicans who want Craig out of the picture ASAP. All we can do is wait on a Craig announcement (or not) as time rolls on. Meanwhile, we see reports out that Idaho Governor Butch Otter already has Lt. Gov. Jim Risch fitted for the appointment should Craig resign.

    We also see two missives on the 2008 Idaho Senate race on the Huffington Post. One is former Senator Jean Carnahan warning us, "The next time you're in a public place and some politician peers into your eyes, broadens his stance, taps for your attention, and begins spouting 'family values' rhetoric, run for the nearest exit." The other is Democratic Senate candidate Larry LaRocco discussing his successful "Working for the Senate" campaign as Labor Day approaches.

  • Virginia: We'll know a little after 2pm whether or not John Warner plans on retiring. (Pssst, he's retiring. If he's not, I'll be shocked.)

  • Oregon: Following on the strong roll-out of Veterans for Merkley, Speaker Jeff Merkley's campaign has, with Labor Day just ahead, rolled out the first installment of Labor Democrats for Merkley, including Oregon's Labor Commissioner and several state legislators who are also union members. Meanwhile, Blue Oregon rightly points out that Gordon Smith prefers corporate tax loopholes more than veterans benefits. Real nice, Gordo. Stop Gordon Smith has more on why Smith is bad for veterans.

  • New Jersey: The 2008 Republican Senate primary combatants are beginning to get a little testy.


    Blogger realitybasedbob said...

    plead guilty:

    Jack Abramoff
    Adam Kidan
    Michael Scanlon
    Duke Cunningham
    Dan Doyle
    James W. Treffinger
    Chuck McGee
    Allen Raymond
    Mitchell Wade
    Bob Taft
    Tony Rudy
    Neil Volz
    Tom Noe
    Terrence Gasper
    Claude Allen
    Bob Ney
    Lester Crawford
    Shaun Hansen
    William Heaton
    J. Steven Griles
    Mark Zachares
    Italia Federici
    Jared Carpenter
    Leandro Aragoncillo
    Christopher Cahill
    Kevin Andre Smoot
    Michael A. Flory
    David Chalmers
    Coy Privette

    found guilty:

    James Tobin
    Jim Ellis
    Bill Ceverha
    John Colyandro
    Gov. George Ryan
    Paul Clayton
    David Safavian
    Cherie Carroll
    Ken Lay
    Jeffery Skilling
    Jacqueline Maiden
    Kathleen Dreamer
    Irving Libby
    Jon Mathews
    Mark Olson
    Tom Anderson


    Tom Delay
    Tom Noe
    Kelley Wirth
    Warren RoBold
    H. Douglas Talbott
    Richard G. Convertino
    Harry Raymond Smith III
    Brian J. Doyle
    Shaun Hansen
    Roger G. Stillwell
    Thomas T. Anderson
    Brent Wilkes
    Kyle Foggo
    Sen. Ben Stevens
    Pete Kotta
    Bruce Weyhrauch
    Michael Aaron Lay
    Ted A. Klaudt
    Thomas Ravenel
    Robert Allen
    David Almond
    Tommy Tester
    Alan B. Fabian
    Angelo Cappelli
    Michael Joyce
    Vic Kohring


    Micheal Brown
    Timothy Flanigan
    Ken Tomlinson
    Jeanne Pirro
    Harriet Miers
    Larry Russell
    Eric Fahrendorf
    Joe Alick
    Nathan Mertz
    Todd Schlekeway
    Rachel Hoff
    Jim West
    Wally O'Dell
    Ed Schrock
    Bernard Kerrick
    Jeff Ganon
    Armstrong Williams
    George Deutsch
    Gale Norton
    Tom Delay
    Porter Goss
    Mark Foley
    Susan Ralston
    Lester Crawford
    Bob Ney
    Ralph Arza
    Sara Taylor
    Kyle Sampson
    Monica Goodling
    Randall Tobias
    Robert E. Coughlin II
    Julie MacDonald
    J.D. Crouch
    Paul McNulty
    Paul Wolfowitz
    Mike Elston
    Rob Portman
    William Mercer
    David Almond
    Jim Nicholson
    Bradley Schlozman
    Roger Stone
    Wan Kim
    Larry Craig

    10:11 AM, September 02, 2007  
    Blogger George Ajjan said...

    Now that summer is over, it should be interesting to see what role Anne Estabrook decides to play in the 2007 election in NJ, since it is very locally-focused (State Senator is the highest position on the ballot).

    5:30 AM, September 05, 2007  

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