Maloney Will Announce for Senate This Month

Though President Obama got one New York congressman to drop his Senate ambitions, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is plowing ahead with her own.

City Hall: “Maloney is moving forward with her prospective Senate candidacy, signing Cindy Darrison as a fundraiser and former Charles Schumer aide Josh Isay of Knickerbocker SKD to do communications for her. She is planning to make an indication of her candidacy by the end of the month, though the formal creation of a Senate exploratory committee may wait until as late as the fall, according to several in Maloney’s camp. She will not start any major effort to fundraise before the end of this quarter on June 30.”

Maloney would challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in a Democratic primary.

In Case You Missed It

In case you missed the first part of Inside the Obama White House on NBC last night, we have it here.

In addition, 
MSNBC has a very nice interactive map of the White House to accompany the documentary.


Edwards Will Not Run for Senate

Despite some speculation she might challenge Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Elizabeth Edwards tells Washington Whispers she isn’t interested.

Said Edwards: “I was president of my junior class in high school. It was a pain in the neck. It should cure anyone of any desire to run for office.”

Meanwhile, the 
Raleigh News and Observer says Edwards is opening a furniture store in downtown Chapel Hill.

Another Cheney in Public Office?

In a Fox News interview, Dick Cheney suggested his daughter Liz Cheney will one day run for political office.

Said Cheney: “Well, I would — you know, I’m, of course, a proud father, but I’d love to see her run for office some day. I think she’s got a lot to offer. And it’s been a great career for me. And if she has the interest, and I think she does, then I would like to see her to embark upon a career in politics.”

GOP Lacks Votes to Filibuster Sotomayor

New York Times: “We don’t have enough Republicans to filibuster even if we wanted to, which I don’t think we do,” said Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas and a member of the Judiciary Committee.

Barnes Will Seek Office Again

Former Gov. Roy Barnes (D) “will announce today that he intends to become the first former Georgia governor in a half-century to reclaim the office after being turned out by voters,” reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“Despite a huge financial advantage, Barnes was defeated in 2002 by Sonny Perdue, an upstart Republican state senator from middle Georgia.”

Sessions’ Gaffe

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking Judiciary Committee Republican, appears to have misstated when David Souter intends to retire from the Supreme Court, NBC News reports. 

Said Sessions: “We have a good advantage in that Justice Souter’s resignation doesn’t take effect until October 5th, when the term ends, and I do think that gives us the ability to take our time and do it right.”

Sessions was making the point that there’s no need to rush confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor until before this fall.

Of course Souter’s letter to President Obama says, “When the Supreme Court rises for the summer recess this year, I intend to retire from regular active service as a Justice.”

Pawlenty Will Certify Winner Once Court Rules

Despite speculation that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) might wait to certify the winner of the Minnesota U.S. Senate race if Norm Coleman (R) appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Times quotes him saying it’s unlikely.

Said Pawlenty: “I think you guys have really overbaked that issue. I’m going to do whatever the court says. If the court directs me to sign that certificate, I will.”

Meanwhile, we wait for the Minnesota Supreme Court to issue their ruling.

UpdateRick Hasen doesn’t think the issue is “overbaked” and suggests Pawlenty still has a lot of wiggle room as to when he would certify the winner.

Jockeying to Replace Pawlenty Begins

The scramble to succeed Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) began within minutes of the governor’s announcement that he would not seek a third term, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Interesting names metnioned: Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R), Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) and former Sen. Mark Dayton (D).

CQ Politics reports an aide to Bachmann doesn’t think she’ll run.

Obama’s Plan to Sabotage the Republican Party

By naming moderate Republicans to key positions in his administration, Politico says President Obama is executing a plan “that not only sketches the outline of a reelection strategy but manages to drive a wedge into the opposition at the same time. Call it a Sherman’s March in reverse — an audacious attempt by Obama to burn down any lines of escape for Republicans from their one refuge of popularity, the deep South.” 

Some examples:

  • Naming Rep. Ray LaHood (R-IL) to his cabinet.
  • Appointing Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) as ambassador to China
  • Choosing Rep. John McHugh (R-NY) as secretary of the Army
  • Getting Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties
  • Nearly getting Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to accept a cabinet appointment

Said Democratic strategist Tad Devine: “It’s very smart politically on a lot of levels. First, it’s a demonstration that he’s keeping his promise to govern in a bipartisan way. Second, the fact is, every time you open up a seat in the House or Senate that an incumbent Republican holds, you give your party an opportunity to win one back. And some of those seats may come our way. It forces Republicans to defend their own territory and spend money on defense.”

Internal Poll Shows Virginia Race Close

Political Wire got a look at a new Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll in Virginia that shows the Democratic gubernatorial race a statistical dead heat.

Brian Moran (D) leads with 29%, followed by Creigh Deeds (D) at 27% and Terry McAuliffe (D) at 26%.

Caveat: The poll was paid for by the Moran campaign. A 
PPP poll yesterday also showed the race essentially a toss up, though Moran came in last.

Quote of the Day

“This is something we discussed several times in the Oval Office, how to manage this transition between Leno and Conan. And I think he’s up to the task. But I just want him to know that there is not going to any bailout coming out from Washington if he screws it up.”

— President Obama, in an interview with 
NBC News, referring to Conan O’Brien’s succession this week of the former Tonight Show host Jay Leno.

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Christie Will Face Corzine

Chris Christie (R) won the Republican primary for governor of New Jersey, CQ Politics reports, “earning the nomination to challenge incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in what is expected to be a competitive race this fall.”

“Christie — who was declared the winner by the Associated Press a little more than two hours after the polls closed at 8 p.m. eastern — lived up to his status as the consensus front-runner in the GOP contest, while Corzine easily defeated three lesser-known contenders in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.”

NY-23 Now Rated a Toss Up

With Rep. John McHugh’s (R-NY) appointment as Secretary of the Army, the Cook Political Report changes its rating on the NY-23 seat to Toss Up from Solid Republican.

CQ Politics has more on the succession scramble in upstate New York.

Obama’s Secret Meeting with Wright

According to the new book, Renegade: The Making of a President, Barack Obama held a secret meeting with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright towards the end of the 2008 presidential primary season. The goal was to get Wright to end his public appearances which were believed to be hurting Obama in the battleground states of North Carolina and Indiana.

“It was time to talk directly to Wright. Over the next week, Obama’s friends at Trinity tried to talk their pastor out of his comeback tour. But by now the church was deeply divided between Obama supporters and Wright supporters, and the conversation was going nowhere. So the candidate decided to go see Wright himself in secret, in Chicago. First came the dance over where to meet: one intermediary suggested a neutral location, but Obama said he was happy to go wherever Wright wanted. They ended up talking at Wright’s home, and Obama tried to adopt the tone of a concerned friend giving advice. He did not want to tell his former pastor what to do, but he did want to nudge him in the right direction by making him aware of what was about to happen. Wright wasn’t heading for vindication; he was heading for vilification.”

Obama ultimately wasn’t successful in getting Wright to stay quiet, but he did end up winning the North Carolina primary by 15 points and losing the Indiana primary by just one point.

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