Lamar Alexander is the frontrunner for the #3 spot on the Senate GOP leadership, reportedly having already secured the support of 25 of 49 Republican Senators. Were Alexander to lose to Richard Burr at this point, akin to his last-minute loss to Trent Lott for the #2 spot a year ago, it would be an even bigger embarrassment. The leadership election is tomorrow morning.
Colorado: Colorado Confidential, Politics West, and Square State have all taken looks at the baseless, fear-mongering attack ads Republicans are running against Congressman Mark Udall. But, now, the DSCC is asking the big question: "Are Schaffer And Colorado Republicans Violating The Law With New Issue Ads?" The DSCC outlines the shady relationship between Republican Senate candidate Bob Schaffer and the CO-GOP and the conservative interest groups running the ads. One of the most damning "coincidences":
And in another twist, the web address www.commonsensecolorado.org was registered by Bob Schaffer himself last year. That website is not currently active, but during the 2006 campaign, the predecessor of the group Common Sense Issues, which is currently airing the ads in Colorado, aired ads and conducted push polls in Tennessee and Ohio with websites registered at www.commonsensetennessee.org and www.commonsenseohio.org.Bob Schaffer himself registered the domain name for the website of the group attacking Udall. The Republicans aren't even trying to hide the impropriety.
Maine: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report "exposing massive failures and billions wasted at Dept. of Homeland Security." Hmmm, billions in waste and mismanagement at Homeland Security... isn't that something the Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs during the middle years of the decade should have provided oversight on? Now who was that? Oh, right... Susan Collins.
Minnesota: The New York Times offers the most recent profile on Al Franken's 2008 Senate bid. One part of the profile I found very disturbing, a quote from MN-GOP Chair Ron Carey (emphasis added by me):
His vile bomb throwing is so non-Minnesotan; he must have left his Minnesota roots in Hollywood and New York.First off, the comment is mind-bogglingly stupid as Norm Coleman is from New York. But, more importantly, Carey's tastelessly glib metaphor likening anything Al Franken says to "bomb throwing" is just disgusting. If any Minnesota Democrat said "Norm Coleman's terrorist-like rhetoric on Issue X is just frightening," Carey's head would explode as he harangued the Democrats for likening Norm Coleman to a terrorist. Carey knows he has nothing to defend Norm Coleman's record with, so he opts for these disgusting, baseless attacks on Democrats hoping something might stick. Fortunately, Minnesota voters are much smarter than Ron Carey.
Nebraska: Businessman Tony Raimondo has officially changed his Party registration from Republican to Democrat, which should be taken as a clear sign that he is preparing for a 2008 Senate bid. The only question at this point is whether Scott Kleeb will join Raimondo in the Democratic primary. (Draft Kleeb!)
New Jersey: Republican businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook kicked off her campaign yesterday against Senator Frank Lautenberg. She has the chief qualification: ostensibly she can self-fund. She will also use cookie-cutter right-wing rhetoric on issues like Iraq and immigration:
Estabrook said she opposes a deadline for bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq and does not approve of an immigration policy that would grant amnesty to illegal aliens.If she makes it out of the GOP primary, which may soon include state senator-elect Joe Pennacchio, there is absolutely no reason to expect a result any different from Douglas Forrester's or Tom Kean Jr.'s. In the words of Stu Rothenberg, "Republicans [have] no reason for even a shred of optimism" in a campaign against Senator Frank Lautenberg.
Idaho: The MountainGoat Report compares the difference in tone between Democratic former Governor Cecil Andrus' uplifiting and positive message in support of Larry LaRocco's Senate campaign and Lt. Gov. Jim Risch's negative, even paranoid appeal to Republicans.
Texas: State Representative and Lieutenant Colonel Rick Noriega has the muscle of Texas' Democratic Congressional delegation behind him.