POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 5/14

 

Though Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has pleaded with Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison (R-TX) not to resign her seat to run for governor, he expects her to step down “this fall sometime,” the Houston Chronicle reports.


That would allow Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) “to appoint an interim senator and allow a special election to take place in May 2010 instead of this November (which would happen if she resigned this spring or summer).”

In a special election, Democrats “would have a golden opportunity to pick up the seat, with a strong field including Houston Mayor Bill White and ex-Comptroller John Sharp.”

According tHuffington PostNBC’s Meet the Press suffered its lowest ratings since David Gregory became moderator last week.

Meet the Press averaged 2.97 million total viewers for the May 10 broadcast, as compared to 2.74 million for CBS’ Face the Nation and 2.62 million for ABC’s This Week.

Carnahan Holds Edge in Missouri Senate Race

A new Democracy Corps survey in Missouri shows Robin Carnahan (D) leading two Republican rivals in a U.S. Senate match up.

Carnahan beats Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), 53% to 44% and tops Sarah Steelman (R), 54% to 42%.

Analysis: “At this early and uncertain stage, Carnahan starts off the contest with a strong personal and professional standing that puts her in a position to defeat either potential opponent. At the same time, it appears as if Steelman may be the tougher foe with a stronger profile than Blunt and the potential to run a fresh outsider candidacy that Blunt cannot offer.”

“They wouldn’t be treated any better in the United States, and they wouldn’t have the tropical breezes blowing through.”

— Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), quoted by the Washington Postdefending the continued detention of prisoners at the military facility in Guantanamo Bay.

 

There are just 19 days until the Republican gubernatorial primary in New Jersey to pick a challenger to take on Gov. Jon Corzine (D).

A new Rasmussen poll finds Chris Christie (R) leading Steve Lonegan (R), 39% to 29% with another 29% still undecided.

 

Republican media consultant Chris Mottola “has decided to stick with Sen. Arlen Specter despite the fact that the Pennsylvania senator will be running for reelection as a Democrat in 2010,” the Washington Post reports. 

Said Mottola: “To me, personal loyalty is an uncomplicated concept. From what I understand, everyone has stayed with Arlen aside from those whose livelihoods essentially require them to work for a Republican.” 

Specter’s pollster, Glen Bolger, stepped aside shortly after the party switch.

The Washington Post reports that President Obama told the Senate leaders he met with yesterday that he would be reviewing candidates over the weekend, “leading participants to believe an announcement could come within days.”

Marc Ambinder: “It won’t be this week. It won’t be early next week. It probably won’t be late next week. Most likely: the week after Memorial Day, when Obama is in town, and free — he’s traveling or meeting foreign leaders through Friday, the 29th. Members of Congress will be out of town; that makes it easier to direct the message, makes it tougher for Republicans to come up with a unified response, but also prevents Congressional Democrats from becoming validators.”

The Washington Post reports Elizabeth Edwards “has been willing to talk about most anything in interviews about her new memoir that details her husband John’s affair, but only under one condition: Interviewers must agree not to mention the name of the other woman in their broadcasts or stories.”

No newspaper has agreed to the restriction so far, but most television networks haven’t had a problem with it.

Of course, Ben Smith notes the restriction backfired in that the Washington Post mentioned Rielle Hunter’s name nine times in their story.


FBI agents in Minnesota have begun asking questions about the relationship between former Sen. Norm Coleman and a close friend and donor, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
“The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the ‘main topic’ of the two agents’ questions surrounded an allegation that Bloomington financier Nasser Kazeminy paid for suits and other items Coleman and his wife shopped for at Neiman-Marcus in Minneapolis.”

“I have to tell you, I really thought it was much ado about nothing, but I think we all learned an important lesson. I learned to never again pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA bracket. It won’t happen again. And President Crow and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS.”
– President Obama, in a speech at Arizona State University, joking about the controversy that erupted when the school decided against conferring an honorary degree on the new president.

New York State voters are split 46% to 46% on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, according to a new Quinnipiac poll
There’s a large racial split with black voters opposed 57% to 35% while white voters tip narrowly in favor of gay marriage 47% to 45%.

Although the New York Times reports the State Assembly yesterday passed a bill to legalize gay marriage by a 89 to 52 margin, Nate Silver does the math and finds the measure “faces longer odds in the State Senate, where Democrats hold a slim 32 to 30 majority and where several prominent Democrats are likely to oppose the measure.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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