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:
In a move highlighting just how vulnerable Mark Kirk is, the Republican Senator began airing the first TV ad of his reelection campaign today. National Journal’s Alex Roarty points out that the ad blitz is “unusually early… even from a vulnerable incumbent,” but after his first few months on the campaign trail it’s no wonder that Mark Kirk has already hit the panic button.
DSCC Communications Director Justin Barasky released the following statement regarding Karl Rove’s new dark money ads aimed at propping up Senators Kirk, Portman, Burr, Toomey & Ayotte:
Ron Johnson’s weekend town hall is getting national attention for the wrong reasons. At a Marinette town hall an attendee twice referred to President Obama as a “muslim terrorist.” You’d think the vulnerable Johnson, who faces re-election in a state Obama won twice, would at least attempt to tamp down the rhetoric and cool things off, right?