Skip to comments.ONE OF THIS YEAR'S KEY SENATE RACES: NEW JERSEY
Posted on 04/02/2002 7:00:04 PM PST by PhiKapMom
Subj: One of this year's key Senate Races: New Jersey
Date: 04/02/2002 7:57:15 PM Central Standard Time
Dear NRSC E-Member,
This year, you will be receiving updates from us on key Senate races across the country where we have a good chance to pick up Republican seats. Last week NRSC Communications Director Ginny Wolfe sent out an e-mail announcing the launch of our newest Web site,
We wanted to notify all of our supporters that the New Jersey Senate race is an important opportunity for us. Even if you dont live in New Jersey, I encourage you to learn more about this race.
The latest polling numbers show that only 28 percent of the voters in New Jersey think Torricelli should be re-elected. They understand the importance of conservative leadership in Washington.
Please take a moment to explore the site at www.torricelliduck.com and make sure your friends, family and fellow Republicans have seen this latest example of the need for a Bush majority in the United States Senate.
s/Bill Frist, M.D. P.S. Please let me know what you are hearing about other races across the country so that I can pass on the latest information to other e-activists and my colleagues here in Washington.
FROM THE FIELD
BROWNSTEIN: BIKINI BUDGET
"It's not as tangible an asset as money or good poll numbers. But for a political party, confidence--in its message, its ideas, even its mission--is usually a critical ingredient of success in an election year. Right now, the confidence gap may be the biggest difference between the parties. Just over seven months before the midterm elections, Republicans are swaggering.
BUSH GOES ON REGAIN THE MAJORITY TOUR
President George W. Bush scheduled campaign stops for three GOP Senate challengers this week, as the ABC Political Note reported: "We can't say it often enough: helping Dr./Senator Frist win back control of the Senate is Political Priority Number One for this White House." President Bush headlined events for South Carolinas Lindsey Graham, Georgias Saxby Chambliss and Texas GOP nominee John Cornyn in a whirlwind "Regain the Majority" swing. Next stop . . Iowa.
N SYNC . . . OR OUT OF LUCK?
"Three Plains States Democrats top the list of Senate candidates whove received the greatest proportion of large-dollar, out-of-state contributions. That fact could leave the trio vulnerable to charges of being overly indebted to the Hollywood-D.C.-New York money axis in a region of the country known for downhome values," The Hill newspaper reports this week. "Democratic Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Tom Harkin of Iowa and Tim Johnson of South Dakota each received roughly four-fifths of their large-dollar contributions from out-of-state donors, according to the latest financial data filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC)."
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ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!
Biden Jr, Joseph
Rockefeller IV, John
Carnahan, Jean(Voted against Ashcroft, sympathy factor is waning)
Landrieu, Mary(barely won last time)
Wellstone, Paul(Broke promise, but MN is still lib)
Cleland, Max(Survivor, but GA is moving to the right)
Baucus, Max(Taylor CAN do it, but it'll be tough)
Harkin, Tom(He has a habit of surviving)
Torricelli, Robert(It's still Jersey a dem/RINO area)
Levin, Carl (I think Rocky can do it. He has the right views, it's just getting the message out and overcoming big money)
Durbin, Richard - Levin's twin. I don't know much about Durkin, but Durbin is lib, even for Illinois.
Rockefeller IV, John - If Jay Wolfe can paint Jay Rockefeller like Gore was painted, he has a shot.
Biden Jr, Joseph - Safe as it gets
Kerry, John - If Weld can't beat him, no one can.
Reed, Jack - From the most dem state in the union.
Someone needs to tell the Senatorial committee to butt out of the Iowa primary between RINO 'Greg' Ganske and conservative Bill Salier...or else they are going to end up looking as dumb as certain other individuals did in in the CA gubernatorial race.
In addition to the Democrat incumbents, there are challengers for us to be concerned about. One example: Jeanne Shaheen in NH. She is as worthless as a governor can be, and would be nothing in the Senate but a lacky for Hillary Clinton.
I guess it makes too much sense for the GOP to have spent the last 6 years recruiting a good opponent. Susie Terrell would have given Mary a closer race than Cooksey will.
Diane Allen is probably the most electable in the batch-- and she's opposed to the death penalty and is quite liberal. Treffinger and Forrester both should be able to finance a campaign should they win-- Forrester is probably the wealthiest of the candidates and would probably get Kean's public support in the fall campaign. Treffinger probably has the advantage on organization.
He's not ideal, but underfunded relatively unknown people like Salier don't win U. S. Senate races. Unfortunately, he's in IA-2 and can't run for the House because the GOP represents that district already. He should run for office-- maybe governor.
I too think DanfromMichigan is great overestimating Rackowski's chances of winning, but never say never. Levin was ALMOST defeated when he ran for his 2nd term in 1984. ( I think he won by two points) The problem was the Republican running that year was some astronaut celebrity running on Reagan's co-tails. The guy THIS year is some unknown state rep. running in a midterm election year-- and Levin is up for a 5th term now.
If Rackowski even wants to run a close campaign, he's going to need a lot more money, name reconizition, and high profile attacks to get Levin's negatives up. Right now, he doesn't even have a website (Levin has both a Senate AND a re-election funding raising site). Personally, I doubt the GOP has a shot at Levin this year, but if Levin runs for a SIXTH term in 2008 he might as well be defeated by someone like Mike Cox. By that time, Levin with be 75 years old and in the Senate for 30 years. As of now, his face is starting to look like a Halloween mask...image how he'll look in another six years.
The lone advantage I can see here is if Rocky can lure Levin into a long series of debates. He'll score points just from showing up:
Of course, we have the same problem in Illinois, but one of things that might make it easier is the Republican candidate is named Durkin. He's running against Durbin. The stupidity of Illinois Democrats cannot be underestimated. They just elected a total unknown as state Rep. named "Dan Woolsey (R)" because his name sounded like the retiring state Senator "Don Woodlsey (D)", not to mention they almost elected a welfare mom to the Chicago City Council because she changed her name to "Carol Moseley Braun". I'm not even going to get into the fisaco with the two Jesse Jacksons.
And I would like to see a debate between Durbin and Durkin too. Those of us who are smart enough to realize the different between the two should favor Durkin as well (Durkin is ALOT more charismatic, youthful, and attractive)
Finally, there's the fact that Durbin won his first term in 1996 by proclaiming himself a nice, "centrist", downstate Democrat from Springfield would be Paul Simon II (his opponent was "extremist" Al Salvi-- Durbin gave him that label because Salvi wanted to repeal the assalt weapons ban). Instead, Durbin's governed as a rubber stamp for Clinton/Daley and has a voting record more liberal than Ted Kennedy. His popularity in his former house district is EXTREMELY low now. Think Al Gore and Tennesee. The question is, can we get enough downstate vote to counter massive Chicago support for Durbin? It will be very tough.
I think that Candace Miller would have had a much better chance, fot senate, but she is playing it safe with going against Bonior in her home district where she is very popular.
We might have a chance to get rid of Dingell this year. We have a great black candidate running for his seat that I am pretty excited about.
It's interesting you say that. I think he's our best shot statewide. Mike's an asst prosecutor and a VERY good grassroots campaigner. He will be going up against probably Gary Peters, who is a fairly strong dem actually, but would be tougher to face in another postition. Prosecutor for top law enforcement job, or insurance guy(I think) turned politician. Not to mention that Mike is from Wayne County.
I think Sec of State will be kept in the GOP Column. We have two strong candidates in Loren Bennett and Terri Lynn Land. Bennett is currently a state senator from a dem leaning seat(Westland area is always tough). Terri Land is the Kent County clerk and is charasmatic and a strong campaigner. My money is on Land to win both the primary and the general.
As for Governor, if Granholm gets 'Fiegered' or 'McCained' in the primary, we have a shot. If not, then we better home that she's hit hard with Metro Airport since the gunowners are not enough to stop her, not to mention those idiots, that say "I'll vote for her since she's hot".
I think we are set with McCotter, Candice Miller(our strongest candidate state wide...look out Stabenow in 06..), and Mike Rogers for our three toughest congressional seats. Rivers should be finally toast, and Bonior can join his friend Yasser.
The state senate should be GREAT from a gunowners perspective. The thought of Alan Cropsey(tough primary), Mike Green(Depends on Jim Barcia), Steve Vear, and Mickey Mortimer running the senate is great. Both Nancy Cassis and Mike Kowall are pro-2a and running for the same senate seat. Much to HCI and PETA's distain, Sue Tabor is coming back for one more in the house. Two good reps are coming from Livingston County now. I think Laura Toy, Bruce Patterson, Jennifer Faunce, Joanne Emmons, and Joanne Voorhees ar all running again in the house.
Justice Robert Young is up in the Supreme Court as well.
I'm optimistic on the bottom half of the ticket. I'm worried about the top though. That just means we got to work harder like Engler did in 1990.
I think there are some plans for 2006....right Debbie:)
Who is running against the Dingell/Rivers winner?
He pulled that off because conservatives worked their hearts out to defeat Neil Smith. I know, because I was on the Iowa Republican State Central Committee during that time period. Problem is, in the subsequent time Ganske has been in the House, he has been unfaithful to that core base that elected him. They despise him, for very legitimate reasons.
He also would be able to raise enough money to be competitive.
Money isn't everything. The more educated on issues the electorate becomes, the less significant big money becomes.
He's not ideal...
That's the understatement of the year.
...but underfunded relatively unknown people like Salier don't win U. S. Senate races.
Unfortunately, he's in IA-2 and can't run for the House because the GOP represents that district already. He should run for office-- maybe governor.
No thanks. He's running for the U.S. Senate. He is exactly the right type of candidate to take on and defeat Tom Harkin. Squishy Congressmen are grist for the Harkin mill...it's time to run a conservative warrior against the socialist warrior Tom Harkin.
I believe that Bill Salier is going to be the next Senator from Iowa, and the republic will be the better for it.
Issue Date: April 22, 2002
Biden Taken to Task for Fund-Raiser
Posted March 27, 2002
Delaware Republican Chairman Everett Moore today criticized Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) for holding a Feb. 19 campaign fund-raiser at the California home of Dr. Sadegh Namazi-khah, a strong supporter of the Tehran regime and leading pro-Iran lobbyist. Moore called on Biden to return the estimated $24,000 raised for the senator's campaign coffers.
"I can't believe that Sen. Biden would have a fund-raiser at the home of a pro-Tehran lobbyist two weeks after the White House made it abundantly clear that Iran was aiding the al-Qaeda forces in Afghanistan," Moore said. "Frankly, I am appalled that Sen. Biden would have the audacity as the Senate Foreign Relations chairman to take money from a lobbyist supporting a country that brutalizes women, ignores human rights and endorses terrorism."........
Last week Biden invited members of the Iranian parliament, which is dominated by Tehran supporters, for "a historic meeting" in Washington or anywhere else to discuss outstanding issues hampering U.S.-Iranian relations.
BTW I earn an average income, but I've joined the Club for Growth started by Larry Kudlow. I think they have produced phenomenal results for the few bucks I can afford contribute to political campaigns. As evidence of our success, I offer the fact our senior Senator John McLame (R-AZ) and also Joe LIEberman have both just begun a heavy-duty slander campaign against us.