Likely Florida Republican Senate candidate Carlos Lopez-Cantera has attracted attention for delaying the launch of his all-but-announced candidacy so that he can spend time raising unlimited money into a Super PAC that’s already been formed to prop up his candidacy. Sound familiar? Likely Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is using the same tactic and was grilled over the weekend by CBS’ Bob Schieffer about whether the strategy was “violating the spirit of the law.”
Months after it was revealed that Ron Johnson’s staff allowed Tomah VA whistleblower complaints to die in “the equivalent of a congressional black hole,” the vulnerable incumbent Senator is still refusing to accept responsibility or hold his staff accountable.
NYT: GOP SENATE IN “DISARRAY.” This week, the New York Times highlighted the Republican Senate’s dysfunction and failure to handle critical issues like national security. As the Times put it, “as senators raced for the airport on Saturday after a six-week session that ended in disarray, they left behind a wreck of promises made by Mr. McConnell on how a renewed Senate would operate.”
VULNERABLE GOP SENATORS ON DEFENSE OVER TRADE. The Hill reports that vulnerable Republican Senators are feeling the heat over their positions on trade as they head into uphill reelection battles next year.
This week, the VA Office of Inspector General released a plan following an investigation into the problems that have plagued the Tomah VA.
A new shadowy Karl Rove group is back up on the air to defend “three vulnerable Republican Senators in New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania,” according to USA Today. Below is a statement from DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky:
FEINGOLD IN: CAST AS “IMMEDIATE FAVORITE” -- “TOP-LEVEL RECRUIT” & “VICTORY FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRATS” Yesterday, Russ Feingold announced his bid for Senate in Wisconsin, setting up big trouble for one of the GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents. Cook Political Report, Sabato’s Crystal Ball and
Mark Kirk’s flailing reelection campaign officially reached panic mode this week, first launching a desperate early ad blitz to distract from his stream of offensive comments, and now, turning to right-wing nut Tom Cotton for help winning reelection in a deep blue state.
Today, the Senate passed a customs enforcement bill aimed at stopping unfair trade practices, cracking down on currency manipulation and closing trade loopholes so that American manufacturers, automakers, and steelworkers can remain competitive in a global marketplace.
Despite the crucial role manufacturing plays in Pennsylvania’s economy, Pat Toomey shamefully voted against protecting the industries that bolster his own state’s economy.
Senator Jon Tester, Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, issued the following statement announcing the committee’s support of Russ Feingold in Wisconsin: