POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 11/2
One of Herman Cain’s accusers received $35,000 — a full year’s salary — in severance pay after an encounter with Cain “made her uncomfortable working there, three people with direct knowledge of the payment,” the New York Times reports.
Arizona’s Republican-controlled state Senate voted to endorse Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) removal of the independent chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, “triggering a rush to court and the likely start of an unprecedented constitutional battle,” theArizona Republic reports.
“The actions are unprecedented in Arizona history; it’s only the second time since the independent commission was established by voters 11 years ago that the panel has taken on the task of drawing political boundaries.”
John Avlon: “If Brewer gets away with this power grab, it will suddenly appear on the menu of every other governor looking to artificially preserve his or her party’s hold on power, Republican or Democrat. It is nothing less than an attempt to hijack representative democracy.”
A lawyer for one of the women who accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment wants to tell her side of the story but is barred by a confidentiality agreement, the Washington Postreports.
Said lawyer Joel Bennett: “It is just frustrating that Herman Cain is going around bad-mouthing the two complainants, and my client is blocked by a confidentiality agreement.”
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports Cain declined to release the woman from the agreement.
Said Cain: “I just found out about this today. I can’t give you a definitive answer on that until we consult with our attorneys.”
A new Suffolk University poll in Florida finds President Obama struggling in the low 40% range in head-to-head matchups with Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, he rockets to 50% when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is added to the Democratic ticket.
The Republican presidential ticket is also helped when adding Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the vice presidential candidate, but not nearly as much as the Democratic ticket is enhanced by adding Clinton.
Said pollster David Paleologos: “In Florida, Marco Rubio is superman, but Hillary Clinton is the kryptonite.”
A new Suffolk University poll in Florida finds Mitt Romney just ahead of Herman Cain among Republican presidential primary voters, 25% to 24%, with Newt Gingrich at 11%, Rick Perry at 9%, and Ron Paul at 5%.
All other candidates are at 2% or less and 20% of registered Republicans are still undecided.
Just published: Dubs Goes to Washington: And Discovers the Greatness of America by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann.
Morris explains to Sean Hannity: “What we want to do Sean was that, we — there is no book that kids can buy that shows our heritage and our heroes in a positive light. Everything is P. C. So, what we do in this is we take the like the Iwo Jima Memorial, and we have a poem attached to it, which is the battle was won by the U.S. marines in one of history’s most famous scenes and when we meet the men who kept insured the freedom never fails, people say thanks and dogs wag their tails.”
A new Public Policy Polling survey finds Sen. Olympia Snowe’s (R-ME) prospects for winning the GOP nomination for another term are looking the best they have in two years.
Two years ago, just 31% of Maine Republicans stood with Snowe, while 59% wanted to replace her with someone more conservative. Now, 46% of primary voters in the state stand with Snowe compared to only 47% who want to replace her with someone more conservative.
Key finding: Just 21% of Republican primary voters identify as Tea Partiers. While they want to replace Snowe with someone more conservative by an 80% to 16% margin, they’re drowned out by the rest of the GOP electorate supporting Snowe 58% to 36%.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) made clear that she “will be asking President Barack Obama to come to Missouri within the next few months to campaign for her, and help her raise money for her 2012 bid for re-election,” according to the St. Louis Beacon.
Said McCaskill, “I don’t always agree with the president. He’ll be the first to tell you that. But I support the president.”
The Hotline: “Vulnerable Democrats in comparable positions should take notice. Opponents will tie McCaskill to Obama no matter what she does… If you are going to be tied to an unpopular president, you may as well let him use his standing to help you raise some money along the way.”
Members of Congress had a collective net worth of more than $2 billion in 2010, a nearly 25% increase over the 2008 total, Roll Call reports.
Nearly 90% of that increase is concentrated in the 50 richest lawmakers.
An adviser called it a “significant statewide buy” but would not elaborate on how much money was spent.
A Public Policy Polling survey done over the weekend found Herman Cain leading Newt Gingrich, 30% to 22%, with Mitt Romney at 19%, Rick Perry at 10% and all other candidates below 5% support.
“The North Carolina results are particularly worth noting because it’s the first state we’ve polled twice since Cain began his surge in late September. Cain was at 27% on the first poll and expanded his support to 30% this past weekend. If anything those numbers suggest Cain was continuing to build momentum before the Politico revelations on Sunday.”
Most interesting: “If Cain’s candidacy does implode in the coming weeks our numbers suggest the candidate poised to benefit the most is Newt Gingrich.”
“I’ve been in Washington 35 years… and I’ve never seen a time when people have put their own personal political feelings over how we can get the economy moving.”
— Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the only Republican in President Obama’s cabinet, telling the Daily Beast that his party “is more committed to defeating the president than creating jobs.”
Herman Cain said that his wife, Gloria Cain, will soon give an “exclusive” interview, theWashington Post reports.
“It is by now a cliche — the political wife standing by her political husband as a kind of prop and validator as questions of some impropriety swirl about. What is unknown is whether her appearance will quell the speculation and allow Cain to return to his unconventional, take-it-straight-to-the-people campaign.”
The New York Times reports the interview with be on Friday night on Fox News.
The presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Hunstman all tell The Hill they had nothing to do with the Herman Cain sexual harassment story.
Jon Huntsman told the Salt Lake Tribune that he and his wife recently purchased a condo in Salt Lake City.
Said Huntsman: “I’m a resident of Utah, and I always want to be. I’d like to spend more time out there, but right now it’s all on the road.”
“The presidential hopeful had sold his Salt Lake City home in 2005, when he moved into the Governor’s Mansion and later, when he resigned to take on the role of U.S. ambassador to China, used the mansion’s address for his voting registration as allowed by law for someone serving the government abroad. Huntsman bought a $3.6 million home in Washington, D.C., in June 2010, but he calls the Utah condo home.”
Herman Cain told an interviewer today there had been “a couple of other things” in the sexual harassment complaint filed against him in the 1990s, though he claimed not to remember the specifics, Politico reports.
Said Cain: “I don’t even remember. They were so ridiculous, I don’t remember what they are.”
When pressed, he added: “The reason I forgot them is because they were ridiculous. I dismissed them out of my mind.”
MF Global, the brokerage run by former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D), collapsed into bankruptcy when a potential buyer noticed that hundreds of millions of dollars of customer money couldn’t be accounted for, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“The probe is at an early stage, and it isn’t clear if the money is missing or if the inconsistencies relate to sloppy bookkeeping.”
Said one person familiar with the situation: “They still don’t have it figured out.”
A new National Journal Congressional Connection poll finds voters split on whether President Obama deserves another term: 44% would like to see a Republican elected, while 42% want Obama to win a second term.
Meanwhile, when asked if Republicans should retain control of the House, 41% said yes and 43% said they would prefer Democrats to recapture the majority.
Mitt Romney has raised $1.9 million from Utah residents through September 30, almost as much as the $2.1 million he raised from Massachusetts, where he was elected governor,Bloomberg reports.
Jon Huntsman, who hails from a prominent family in Utah and was twice elected governor, has raised $255,850 from his home state. His total is only slightly larger than the $237,705 President Obama has collected from donors in Utah, a state he lost by 29 points in the 2008 election.
“Not to be overly pedantic, but talking is a kind of doing. Indeed, talking is primarily how one gets things done in politics. How does Mr Perry convey that he is a doer, and not a talker? By talking. What else is there? Interpretative dance? A presidential candidate unable to best a foe in a public exchange, or to communicate his position on a complex issue when the heat is on, is about as useful as a one-legged fullback. There’s a good reason Mr Perry’s embarrassing debate performances have left him trailing Herman Cain by 15 points in the polls not long after he entered the race with a comfortable lead: a candidate this feckless on his feet would be eaten alive by Barack Obama in the general-election debates.”
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