Monday Quick Hits
Kentucky: Trouble in Paradise? It appears that Republican Governor Ernie Fletcher is doing everything he can to avoid endorsing Mitch McConnell for re-election.
Oregon: Even Gordon Smith's allies are laying it on Smith over his lame excuses regarding his role in SalmonGate. Meanwhile, a Loaded Orygun reader points out that Smith took thousands of dollars in contributions from under-investigation-several-times-over Ted Stevens and wonders if Smith will return the money.
Following on the above item, here is a list of Republicans up for re-election in 2008 who received contributions from Ted Stevens' Northern Lights PAC in the 2006 cycle:
Craig, Larry (R-ID) $5,000Tack on that the Stevens for Senate Committee gave the NRSC over $200,000 during the 2006 cycle. Should Ted Stevens officially be found guilty of any wrongdoing as a result of the numerous ongoing investigations of which he is at the center, I wonder if any of these Republican Senators or the NRSC will return Stevens' contributions. (To be honest, I don't wonder. I'm quite certain that they wouldn't.)
Domenici, Pete V (R-NM) $2,500
Inhofe, James M (R-OK) $1,000
McConnell, Mitch (R-KY) $2,500
Smith, Gordon H (R-OR) $10,000
Stevens, Ted (R-AK) $5,000 [Why shouldn't he pat himself on the back?]
Sununu, John E (R-NH) $2,500
Alabama: Might State Senator Vivian Figures announce today her decision regarding a 2008 Senate bid?
Maine: Democratic Congressman and 2008 Senate candidate Tom Allen continues to provide Mainers with a clear choice on Iraq. Bring the troops home safely or subscribe to the George W. Bush-Susan Collins plan of "stay the course."
More polling indicates an electorate strongly leaning the way of the Democratic Party.