POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/3

Sanford Will Now Disclose Schedule

In the wake of reports that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) regularly shed his security detail, he “will begin making his schedule available to the public and the media… a marked departure from the way the office has operated the past 6 1/2 years,” according to The State.


Strickland Now Vulnerable

A new Quinnipiac poll in Ohio shows Gov. Ted Strickland’s (D) approval rate continuing to fall.

In a re-election match up against former Sen. Ted DeWine (R-OH), Strickland barely wins, 41% to 40%. Against former Rep. John Kasich (R-OH), Strickland leads, 43% to 38%.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “Strickland’s extremely sharp drop-off in so short a time reflects growing public frustration. Voters don’t see the economy improving and have decided that after almost three years in office they should start holding Ted Strickland at least partially responsible. The question now is whether this is the start of a larger move or just a temporary reaction.”

Born to Be in Congress

The Washington Post reviews The Waxman Report by Rep. Henry Waxman and Joshua Green.


“Henry Waxman is to Congress what Ted Williams was to baseball — a natural. As you read this nicely proportioned, fast- paced book, you realize that Waxman was born to be a member of the House, ideally the chairman of an important committee. He’s just five-feet-five, he’s woefully short of hair, he’s neither charming nor funny, but none of that has mattered. Waxman has been one of the most effective members of Congress for 35 years. ”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Mark showed a lack of judgment in his recent actions as governor. However, his far more egregious offenses were committed against God, the institutions of marriage and family, our boys and me.”

— Jenny Sanford, quoted by The State, about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R).


Publisher Kills Sanford Book

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) and his publisher have parted ways, CNNreports.

In a statement: “Sentinel has agreed to release Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina from his contract to write a book about fiscal conservatism, which was to be called Within Our Means and was scheduled for publication in March 2010. This is a mutual decision. We wish Governor Sanford the best.”

“Prior to revelations of an extramarital affair that effectively brought an end to his political career, the South Carolina governor had been preparing to publish a book outlining his policy beliefs.”


Edwards Aide Visits Court House

Andrew Young, a former aide to John Edwards who is also writing a book on the former presidential candidate, spent yesterday in a federal courthouse, the AP reports.

Edwards acknowledged in May that federal investigators are looking into how he used campaign funds.

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