POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 10/24

Former Lawmakers Spend Campaign Funds

Though lawmakers who resign disgraced by scandal may leave the public eye, The Hillreports that they “have maintained active campaign accounts, federal records show, and they have spent tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions on legal fees, travel, public relations consultants and, in at least one case, the salary of a family member.”

“Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) spent more than $130,000 in campaign funds in the three months after he resigned from the House on June 24… Former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), who resigned in March 2010 under allegations of sexual harassment and groping, spent nearly $12,000 during the past three months. Massa has kept his wife, Beverly, on his campaign payroll for the 18 months since he left office, paying her more than $5,000 from July through September to serve as the campaign committee’s treasurer… Former Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) has spent tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds on legal fees since he resigned his seat in April following the disclosure that he had an affair with the wife of one of his top aides.”

Bottom line: “Federal law allows candidate committees to cover expenses related to an ex-member’s time in office, but forbids the personal use of campaign funds.”

 

Time for Outrage

Now hitting the American bestseller lists: Time for Outrage by Stephane Hessel.

The Washington Post says the 48 page book is a “manifesto of revolution against the world financial system and an embrace of social democracy. It’s been a bestseller in France since its publication in 2010, and though it may not bring about a revolution a la the guillotine, its efforts to shake things up and make folks think can’t be a bad thing.”

 

Biden Won’t Rule Out 2016 Bid

In an interview with CNN, Vice President Joe Biden left the door open to running for president again in 2016.

Said Biden: “I’ll make up my mind on that later. I’m in one of the, probably the best shape I’ve been in in my life… I’m doing pretty well. I’m enjoying what I’m doing, and as long as I do, I’m going to continue to do it.”

 

Perry Raises Doubts About Obama Birth Certificate

In an interview with Parade magazine, Rick Perry suggests he’s still not convinced President Obama was born in the United States, noting “I don’t have a definitive answer.”

Perry mentioned that he had dinner with Donald Trump recently and the issue of the president’s birth certificate came up and Trump “doesn’t think it’s real.”

Perry added, “I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.”

 

Jindal Easily Wins Re-Election

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “easily coasted to a second term, winning in a landslide election after failing to attract any well-known or well-funded opposition to oust the popular Republican from office,” the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Jindal crushed a field of nine competitors in the open primary.

 

Nevada Moves Caucuses

Nevada has moved its caucus date to Febuary 4, ending a long standoff with New Hampshire and the national Republican party, the Las Vegas Sun reports.

“By making the switch, Nevada will now be holding its caucuses four days after Florida holds its primaries on Jan. 31. But by making the switch, Nevada remains the first electoral contest in the West, and gets its full complement of delegates back, as well as a promise from the Republican National Committee that the state will have top-priority seats at the convention.”

 

Quote of the Day

“It’s politics of personal destruction aimed at our own and it’s got to stop. Right now a lawn gnome could beat Obama in 2012, so, yes, we can be picky, but not nasty or malicious. If we don’t stop the Republican cannibalism we’re simply turning this election over to the Democrats, who certainly don’t deserve it.”

— Christine O’Donnell (R), quoted by ABC News, announcing she’s donated to Mitt Romney’s campaign because he’s not “getting a fair shake” from those within the Tea Party.

 

Steve Jobs on Obama

From Walter Isaacson’s biography, Steve Jobs, due out on Monday:

“When our discussion turned to the sorry state of the economy and politics, he offered a few sharp opinions about the lack of strong leadership around the world. ‘I’m disappointed in Obama,’ he said. ‘He’s having trouble leading because he’s reluctant to offend people or piss them off.’ He caught what I was thinking and assented with a little smile: ‘Yes, that’s not a problem I ever had.'”

 

Cain’s Lucky Number

Michelle Cottle: “Raise your hand if you have a favorite number. Keep it raised if you believe this number to be your ‘lucky’ number. Now keep it up only if you think this number has a literal, meaningful, ongoing impact on your life.”

“Finally, if your hand is still up, ask yourself this: If you were running for president and wrote a campaign book, would you devote an entire chapter to this number, explaining how its frequent appearance in your life signals that you are meant to win and explaining that, though you are ‘not a devout numerologist,’ this number clearly keeps popping up ‘more than coincidentally’?”

“If that hand is still raised, it probably means that you are Herman Cain.”

 

Giffords Spending Like She’s Running Again

“Despite lingering questions over whether she will seek re-election,” Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-AZ) campaign “is raising and spending the kind of money that some observers say is a clear indication she’s gearing up to return to Congress,” the Arizona Capitol Timesreports.

“Giffords’ campaign has so far raised about $830,000 in the election cycle, and spent nearly $330,000 — or about 40 percent of what she has collected, her campaign finance reports showed. In fact, her campaign has raised more in this cycle compared to the same time in 2009, when there was no doubt she wanted to keep her seat.”

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