PUTTING LIPSTICK ON A PIG – GOP SENATE CANDIDATES CAN’T HIDE FROM THEIR UNPOPULAR AGENDA. New reporting this week from The Daily Beast and Yahoo! News highlighted how Republican Senate candidates have a deeply out-of-step agenda: they are continually grabbing the “third rail” with their calls to upend Social Security and Medicare, and they cannot hide from their extreme “abortion and Trump connections” – learning the hard way that “the Internet lives forever.”’
EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT – DSCC BLANKETING SUNDAY NEWSPAPERS WITH ADS HITTING GOP ABORTION BAN. On Sunday, voters in battleground Senate states across the country will open their newspaper to full-page ads slamming GOP Senate candidates for standing in lockstep with their party’s plan to ban abortion nationwide.
NO CRYSTAL FLUTE, BUT FOR MASTERS THE TRUTH HURTS – INDEPENDENTS SOUR AS HE CONTINUES TO TURN OFF VOTERS. The New York Times reported that “more than half of independents had a negative view of Mr. Masters” – quoting voters calling him a “flip-flopper” and saying “I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could throw him.” It’s no surprise Masters is turning off voters, as he once again made brutal headlines after telling “a female cop the gender pay gap is a myth.”
STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH – SENATOR MARK KELLY USES MASTERS’ OWN ANTI-CHOICE WORDS AGAINST HIM IN NEW AD. The ad comes after a judge in Arizona’s Pima County Superior Court issued a ruling to reinstate a 158 year old law outlawing nearly all abortion and criminalizing doctors – exactly the kind of ban that Masters wants.
WATCH: “TURNS BACK THE CLOCK”
LAXALT ATTACKS LAW ENFORCEMENT, SAYS THE FBI IS “FAR TOO POLITICAL.” Reports are highlighting how Adam Laxalt is attacking law enforcement – telling NBC News he “refused to support the FBI” – while new reporting revealed he “took donation from accused arms smuggler.”
BIG TENT – NEVADA VETERANS, REPUBLICANS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT SENATOR CATHERINE CORTEZ MASTO. Nevada veterans and Republicans are rallying around Senator Catherine Cortez Masto because they know she is a champion for the Silver State. The Cortez Masto campaign also released a new television ad highlighting her fight to protect a woman’s right to choose.
WATCH CORTEZ MASTO’S NEW TV AD: “OVERWHELMING”
A WICKED BAD WEEK FOR BOLDUC – REPUBLICAN SLAMMED OVER COMMENTS ON MEDICARE AS DEMOCRATS USE HIS “OWN WORDS AGAINST HIM.” Bolduc continued to fumble this week as he was slammed for supporting the end of Medicare and Social Security, and continued to flop like a fish-out-of-water on election denial.
TO THE RIGHT, TO THE RIGHT – HERSCHEL WALKER “MOVES FURTHER RIGHT” AS HE EMBRACES NATIONAL ABORTION BAN, JAN 6 RIOTER. Walker came under fire this week for moving “further right” as he embraces out-of-touch positions like a national abortion ban. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported that Herschel Walker “recently listed a woman who was arrested in March on charges of participating in the Jan. 6, 2021” as one of his campaign’s “county captains.”
NORTH CAROLINIANS RALEIGH AGAINST BUDD. The problems continue to pile up for Budd: local outlets are slamming him for standing with Trump’s racist comment at his rally in Wilmington, Jezebel reported that his gun store “advertises insurance for domestic abusers,” and he continues to dodge questions about whether he will accept the 2022 election results.
FETTERMAN KNOWS WOMEN JUST WANT TO HAVE (FUN)DAMENTAL RIGHTS. Pennsylvania women are fired up to back John Fetterman’s campaign as he fights for a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.
WHAT A YEAR RON JOHNSON’S WEEK HAS BEEN. Some say all press is good press – but for Ron Johnson, a wave of brutal news coverage is highlighting how he “embraces controversy,” “is facing another ethics complaint,” has misled voters about his alleged bipartisanship, and is stuck resorting to “lies and hatred.”
CO REPUBLICAN SUPPORTED ABORTION BAN, IS RIPPED FOR SPENDING HYPOCRISY. A new report from Colorado Newsline reveals that O’Dea has benefited from more than $400 million in government contracts – even as he “crusades against” government spending. It was also revealed by the Colorado Sun that O’Dea supported a Colorado abortion ban, signing a petition to get it on the ballot in Colorado in 2020.
HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT HE’S DOING – MARCO RUBIO CAUGHT APPOINTING “HIS PRIVATE-EQUITY PAL” TO “AN INEXPLICABLE APPOINTMENT.” In typical Marco Rubio fashion a bombshell report from Salon revealed that Rubio appointed his “longtime friend” and campaign donor to an adversary committee despite having no qualifications for that position.
→ ICYMI: The Root: Democrats Are Betting On Black Voters To Help Hold the Senate. “‘The midterm election will decide the future of our country, and in Senate battleground states Democrats are working to meet this moment with early investments to reach Black voters in the most comprehensive and effective ways,’ said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Gary Peters.”
JUST THIS WEEK, THANKS TO SENATE DEMOCRATS.
→ Senators Warnock, Cortez Masto Fight On Behalf Of Veterans & Tribal Communities. Senate Democrats like Senator Warnock and Cortez Masto are working hard to address working families’ most pressing priorities like lowering costs, supporting our veterans, and boosting the economy.
IN THE STATES
GA – Atlanta Journal Constitution (Opinion): Campaign notebook: A sermon on the trail from U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock. “‘I’m here because I support all that he has stood for and all that he stands for, as far as civil rights, as far as humanity,’ she said.”
NH – Seacoast Online: Hassan vs. Bolduc: Why Democrats in NH are focused on abortion. What do voters think?“The Democrats who spoke in Portsmouth last week said Hassan has consistently supported abortion rights, while her GOP challenger, Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, has consistently opposed those rights and would continue to do so if voters send him to Washington.”
WI – Cap Times: Mandela Barnes launching statewide tour focused on abortion policy. “Mandela Barnes is hitting the road — again. The lieutenant governor and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate on Saturday will kick off a statewide tour in Green Bay aimed at ‘holding Ron Johnson accountable for his record of working to rip away Wisconsinites’ ability to access abortion,’ his campaign told the Cap Times.’”
TWEET OF THE WEEK