POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 7/22

Pelosi Done with Political Documentaries

Alexandra Pelosi, who made Journeys with George during the 2000 presidential campaign, tells Politico she’s done making political documentaries.

Said Pelosi: “I don’t think, in this day and age, anybody can get an honest campaign document. In this day, with YouTube and Handycams, everybody is so on guard. I don’t believe you can ever get answers. I don’t even know why people bother to cover the campaigns.”

“Journeys with George was made before technology made candidates (and just about everyone else) so fearful. It showed a personal side of Bush that the public didn’t usually get to see, and which campaign aides today would most likely want to suppress.”

Quote of the Day

“I’ve done this. I’ve been in government and overseen thousands of businesses. I’ve run charter schools. Those are businesses. She ran her… her website.”

— California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown (D), in an interview with Time, on his challenger, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R).

Another Historic Low for Congress

A new Gallup poll finds just 11% of Americans say they have a great deal or quite a lot of confidence in Congress, down from 17% in 2009 and a point lower than the previous low for Congress, recorded in 2008.

Vote for Me “Because I Do Not Wear High Heels”

new video shows Ken Buck (R), who is leading the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Colorado, repeatedly using the word “bullshit” and saying that voters should choose him over his female primary opponent “because I do not wear high heels.”

A Buck spokesman defends the comments telling the Washington Post that rival Jane Norton (R) “has made gender an issue and noted that high heels have been invoked at several points in the campaign, including at least once by Norton’s campaign manager.”

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Murkowski Well Ahead in Primary Race

An Ivan Moore Research Poll in Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) with a big lead over primary challenger Joe Miller (R) among likely GOP voters, 62% to 30%.

Key finding: Fewer than 50% of respondents even recognized Miller’s name, compared to 98% for Murkowski.

Most Americans Still Think Economy is in Recession

A new Quinnipiac poll finds that 79% of Americans believe the economy is still in a recession as compared to 74% who felt that way in May and 71% who said so in May of 2008, when the economy began its slide. A majority — 52% — also don’t think the economy has started to recover.

Most interesting: American voters say by a 64% to 30% margin that reducing unemployment is more important than reducing the federal budget deficit. Even Republicans say by 58% to 38% that reducing unemployment is more important.

Said pollster Peter Brown: “The public seems to be reassessing the view held through the winter and spring, when they thought economic conditions were lousy but could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now they aren’t seeing that light.”

Boucher Holds Solid Lead in VA-9

A new SurveyUSA poll in Virginia’s 9th congressional district today finds Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) ahead of challenger Morgan Griffith (R), 52% to 39%.

Clinton More Popular Than Obama, Bush

A new Gallup poll finds Bill Clinton is currently more well-liked by Americans than both of his successors: 61% view him favorably, compared with 52% for President Obama and 45% for former President Bush.

DNC Member Paid Before Endorsement

Billionaire Florida U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene (D) paid a DNC member Jon Ausman $4000 for “political consultation and strategy” right after sending out a blast email asking who he should endorse in the race, the AP reports.

Several days later Ausman endorsed Greene.

Simmons is Back in the Race

Rob Simmons (R), who halted his campaign for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in Connecticut after losing the party endorsement to Linda McMahon (R), is airing TV ads urging voters to “look at the issues” before voting in the Aug. 10 primary, the New London Day reports.

For all intents and purposes, he has resumes campaigning after weeks ofspeculation about his intentions.

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