After Roll Call chronicled Democrats’ major recruiting successes in states across the map last week, Rachel Maddow ran a segment on MSNBC noting that Senate Democrats have positioned themselves to win back the majority in 2016. Maddow highlighted Democrats’ success in securing strong candidates in Nevada, Arizona, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Florida.
Last week, the DSCC asked to know where vulnerable Senators stand on Republicans’ latest effort to defund Planned Parenthood. It didn’t take long for Rob Portman to throw his support behind the plan, choosing to side with House extremists instead of Ohio women.
SENATE DEMOCRATS DOMINATE IN RECRUITMENT. After Maggie Hassan’s announcement this week, Roll Call chronicled Democrats’ major recruiting successes in states across the map:
Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s endorsement of Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire:
DSCC Communications Director Sadie Weiner released the following statement after Kevin McCarthy announced he was pulling himself from the race to become the next Speaker of the House:
“Kevin McCarthy’s stunning fall from leading candidate to be Speaker to dropout signals very bad news for Mitch McConnell and his dysfunctional Senate majority. As extreme elements of the Republican party throw the House into chaos, McConnell’s inability to govern responsibly will only be made more obvious and more dangerous, and Republicans weak hold on their majority will grow shakier.”
*Similar releases will be sent today in Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, and Nevada
Justin Barasky, Communications Director of the DSCC, made the following statement after the latest Rove-funded ad has now brought special interest spending for Kelly Ayotte up to a whopping $3 million.
Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s endorsement of Ann Kirkpatrick in Arizona:
“Throughout her career Ann Kirkpatrick has built a reputation as a commonsense leader who works across the aisle to fight for Arizona families, and today we are proud to endorse her in Arizona’s Senate race. No one knows Arizona better than Ann, and we look forward to supporting her campaign and watching her give Arizonans a Senator who puts them first.”
Tom Lopach, Executive Director of the DSCC made the following statement regarding the NRSC's despicable allegation that Veteran Tammy Duckworth is siding with terrorists:
GOP’S COLORADO DISASTER GETS WORSE. In case you thought it couldn’t get worse for Republicans in Colorado – it did. After months of drama and infighting within the state Republican Party and four of the GOP’s top-choice candidates quickly passing on the race, focus shifted to second-tier candidates. This week, District Attorney George Brauchler became the latest Colorado Republican to pass on challenging Michael Bennet in 2016.