POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 3/26
Jim Romenesko reports 25 news employees of Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin signed petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R).
Green Bay Press-Gazette: “A number of the journalists told their editors they did not consider signing the petition a political act. They equated it to casting a ballot in an election. But we do not make that distinction.”
Rick Santorum is out with an eerie new ad attacking President Obama: “Imagine a small, American town two years from now if Obama is reelected.”
It’s the first of an eight part series from the Santorum campaign.
A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll in California finds Mitt Romney leads Rick Santorum in the GOP presidential race, 42% to 23%, followed by Newt Gingrich at 12% and Ron Paul at 10%.
Key finding: There remains a palpable lack of enthusiasm for the Republican field. Half of GOP voters said they wished other candidates were running for president.
The California primary is on June 5.
The New York Times has a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a fundraising network “whose goal is to legalize same-sex marriage from coast to coast.”
“This emerging group of donors is not quite like any other fund-raising network that has supported gay-related issues over the past 40 years. They come from Hollywood, yes, but also from Wall Street and Washington and the corporate world; there are Republicans as well as Democrats; and perhaps most strikingly, longtime gay organizers said, there has been an influx of contributions from straight donors unlike anything they have seen before.”
The Washington Post runs a must-read piece from David Maraniss, author of First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton and the forthcoming Barack Obama: The Story, on the similarities between the two presidents.
“They were born on August days 15 years apart, at opposite ends of the baby-boom generation, Bill Clinton in 1946 and Barack Obama in 1961. Both came into the world under circumstances that made it surpassingly unlikely either boy would grow up to be president of the United States. It is hard to imagine two places further from the centers of power than southwestern Arkansas or Hawaii. Neither state had produced a president before. But there was so much more working against them than geography.”
“William Jefferson Blythe III and Barack Hussein Obama II were the namesakes of fathers they did not know. Billy’s dad, a traveling salesman from Texas, was killed in a car crash before his son was born. Barry’s old man, a traveling student from western Kenya, also died in a car crash. His son was 21 then but had never lived with his father. Both boys’ mothers created myths about their fathers to ease the pain; in truth, the sons were almost certainly better off without them.”