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  • 'None of the Above' Wins Dem Primary for Governor in Nevada

    06/12/2014 7:17:56 PM PDT · by This Just In · 24 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 12, 2014 | Debra Heine
    An upset last night in the Democrat primary for governor of Nevada was almost as stunning as the Brat win in VA-7. "None of the Above" won with 29.96% of the vote. Nevada was the first state to institute a “none of the above” line to its ballot in 1975, as a way for voters to protest weak, unqualified candidates.
  • Democrat Crisco dies suddenly at home (Clay Aiken runoff opponent)

    05/12/2014 1:27:46 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 83 replies
    WNCN News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Dane Huffman
    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Congressional candidate Keith Crisco died suddenly at his home on Monday, WNCN confirmed. MOREAdditional Links A woman at his company, Asheboro Elastics Corp. in Asheboro, confirmed that he died at his home Monday around 1 p.m. She said employees at the company were being told what had happened. Crisco had faced Clay Aiken in a tense battle for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.
  • Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

    04/01/2014 10:19:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 12:54 AM EDT | Ben Nuckols
    Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia’s Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray’s campaign four years ago. Bowser tapped into an electorate that tired of the allegations surrounding Gray. Five people who worked on the mayor’s 2010 campaign have pleaded guilty to felonies, and Bowser said the city needed a fresh start as the mayor faced potential criminal charges. Bowser, 41, is a D.C. councilmember and a protégé of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, whom Gray defeated in 2010. …
  • The Woman Who Can’t Afford Her Own Birth Control Switches to Run for California State Senate

    02/05/2014 8:16:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/05/2014 | Bryan Preston
    Woman Who Can’t Afford Her Own Birth Control Switches to Run for California State SenatePosted By Bryan Preston On February 5, 2014 @ 7:58 am In Politics | No Comments Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown grad best known for telling America that she can’t afford her own birth control, spent $1,740 on the filing fee to run for Congress. Now Fluke says she isn’t running for Congress. Instead, she is running for state Senate. Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided against running for retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman’s congressional seat, instead planning a bid for the state Senate. “I...
  • Former US Rep. Dan Boren Considers Run For Tom Coburn's Senate Seat

    01/21/2014 11:23:11 AM PST · by OKSooner · 40 replies
    Channel 6 Tulsa / Channel 9 Oklahoma City ^ | 1-21-2014 | Channel 9 Oklahoma City
    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Democratic Party chairman Wallace Collins says former U.S. Rep. Dan Boren is considering running for Tom Coburn's U.S. Senate seat. Boren served four terms as a U.S. Congressman then went on to work for the Chickasaw Nation as president of their corporate development department. Boren was the state's only Democratic member of Congress, serving the 2nd District.
  • SC Democrats promise to vet candidates in 2014

    11/28/2013 5:56:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    WIS TV ^ | Nov 28, 2013 | JEFFREY COLLINS
    South Carolina Democrats hope a combination of enthusiasm, a desire to change the direction of the state and more careful vetting of people seeking the party's nominations will help them make gains next election. Democrats acknowledge they need some wins. All nine statewide offices are run by Republicans, along with eight of the state's nine congressmen. A Democrat hasn't won a statewide race since 2006, and the party hasn't taken a statewide or federal office back from the Republicans since 1998. State Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Harrison says the party has talked to credible, competent challengers for every statewide race...
  • APNewsBreak: Ex-Mont. governor rejects Senate bid

    07/13/2013 10:45:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 7/13/13 | MATT GOURAS
    Popular former Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Saturday morning that he will not run for Montana's open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, an announcement that complicates Democratic efforts to retain their majority in next year's elections. Schweitzer told The Associated Press that he doesn't want to leave Montana and go to Washington, D.C. He had been considered the Democrats best candidate for holding onto the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus next year. Schweitzer said he felt compelled to consider the race only because many in his party said they needed him to run.
  • Low Turnout Just Shows Dems Had No Good Choices

    06/12/2013 6:58:44 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 18 replies
    From an email
    Mullins: Low Turnout Just Shows Dems Had No Good Choices for Lt. Gov., Attorney General Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins: "Amid very low turnout from their own party, Virginia Democrats have fielded a ticket that is weak - from top to bottom - and incapable of winning in November. The lack of enthusiasm from Virginia Democrats is understandable given that this is a ticket that is not focused on nor is credible on the primary concern of Virginians: creating jobs. In Terry McAuliffe, Democrats have nominated a failed crony capitalist who has used his insider connections to profit from...
  • Cory Booker to enter Senate Race

    06/07/2013 12:03:04 PM PDT · by Gefn · 7 replies
    Philly.com ^ | June 7, 2013 | Jonathan tamari
    Newark (NJ) Mayor Cory Booker will enter the race for US Senate, a campaign aide confirmed Friday.
  • Democratic voters won’t swallow the Crist crap sandwich

    06/04/2013 11:02:57 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 19 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | 6/4/2013 | Jack Furnari
    If Charlie Crist runs for governor as a Democrat, he’s going to lose. He’ll either get rubbed out in the Democratic primary, or he’ll lose to Gov. Rick Scott in the general. If Crist runs for governor, rank-and-file Democratic voters will never again trust the party leaders who support Crist. Terence McCoy, of the alternative New Times Broward-Palm Beach, made some excellent points in Five Reasons Charlie Crist Will Not Run For Governor, which I urge everyone to read. McCoy thinks Crist won’t run, but every Democratic leader I know who’s been talking to Crist says he will, and they’re...
  • Voters Oust Mayor of Harrisburg, Pa in Democratic Primary

    05/22/2013 11:38:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 6 replies
    Reuters, via Newsmax ^ | May 22, 2013 | Reuters, via Newsmax
    The embattled mayor of Pennsylvania's financially crippled capital of Harrisburg was ousted on Tuesday when she lost the Democratic primary to the owner of an independent bookstore. Mayor Linda Thompson's loss to Eric Papenfuse comes after a tumultuous term in which her outbursts and statements caused a loss of confidence in her administration. Papenfuse is likely to win the general election in this heavily Democratic city in November, but he must still face off against independent candidate Nevin Mindlin.
  • Poll: Anthony Weiner already in second place in New York City mayoral race for some reason

    04/17/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    The bad news? Between this and what’s going on in South Carolina, American voters seem to have finally jettisoned any pretense of standards for their political leaders.The good news? We’re still on track for a Sanford-versus-Weiner presidential election in 2028. Cross those fingers. According to the poll, if Weiner entered the Democratic primary today, his 15 percent would put him behind Quinn’s 26 percent but ahead of City Comptroller John Liu (12 percent), de Blasio (11 percent), Thompson (11 percent) and former City Councilman Sal Albanese (2 percent).By comparison, without Weiner, Quinn would receive 30 percent of Democratic votes and...
  • Weiner’s poll rising: Trails only Quinn among mayoral Dems

    04/17/2013 5:34:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 37 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | April 17, 2013 | By CARL CAMPANILE
    Anthony Weiner is on a roll. A week after floating his name as a possible mayoral candidate, the disgraced former congressman finishes second when he’s included in the field of Democrats, a new poll reveals. Weiner — who resigned from office in 2011 after getting caught in a sexting scandal — said he’s mulling a political comeback by running for mayor.
  • Party switch could be new weapon for Maryland gun rights supporters

    03/09/2013 5:55:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    somdnews.com ^ | 8 March, 2013 | Holly Nunn
    As Gov. Martin O’Malley’s gun control proposal works its way through the Maryland General Assembly, gun rights activists already are preparing payback for those legislators who are allowing it through. Patrick Shomo, president of Maryland Shall Issue, a gun rights group, said he’s seen a movement in the gun rights community to register new voters in anticipation of the 2014 statewide election, and in some cases to switch membership from Republican to Democratic. ------------------------cut----------------------- But soon the emphasis will shift, Shomo said, to fielding pro-gun rights candidates who can oust incumbents who voted for the gun bill. “We’re going to...
  • Ky. voters react as Judd's liberal positions are detailed

    03/01/2013 12:46:06 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 40 replies
    WHAS-11 ^ | 2/26/2012 | Joe Arnold
    LOUISVILLE, Ky (WHAS11) -- After two decades in front of the camera as an actress and more recently as an activist, Ashley Judd has been unguarded in her comments -- a candor which might cause complications if she runs for U.S. Senate from Kentucky. As Judd inches closer to a decision, her outspoken nature is yielding decades of pointed and controversial comments which Kentucky Democratic strategists concede are a gold mine for the campaign of potential opponent, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R). Judd's essays and speeches are easily accessible on her website. In one, she criticized the tradition of a...
  • Middlesex DA Leone weighing run for U.S. Senate

    02/02/2013 2:51:09 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 2/2/13 | Joe Battenfeld
    Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone tells the Herald he’s considering getting into the Democratic race for U.S. Senate, a move that could shock the party establishment and completely shake up the special election battle. “I’m going to give it some thought,” Leone said in an interview, adding that he’s been besieged by calls from supporters urging him to get in the race — especially since former GOP Sen. Scott Brown announced yesterday he was not running. The only two announced candidates are Democratic congressmen Stephen Lynch of South Boston and Edward Markey of Malden. Markey, who has the backing of...
  • DIRTY DEMS KICKED OUT OF OFFICE Naomi Rivera and Shirley Huntley get the boot in Dem primaries

    09/17/2012 7:21:54 AM PDT · by Liz · 11 replies
    NY POST ^ | 9/14/12 | DAVID SEIFMAN, CARL CAMPANILE and CANDACE AMOS w/ Candice M. Giove
    Queens state Sen. Shirley Huntley was indicted Aug. 27 charged w/ falsifying documents to conceal govt fraus---her niece and and aide aide allegedly siphoned $30,000 from Huntley's sham tax-funded non-profit. Rivera gave two boy toys tax-funded jobs at a do-nothing non-profit to which she funnelled govt funds. Anothr was ensconced as a "full-timer" in her Assembly office while paid $90,000 as a full-time public-school teacher. Four investigative agencies are probing Rivera’s hiring practices. Rivera even lost in latino precincts once considered her strongholds.
  • Felon beats Obama in several West Virginia counties

    05/09/2012 4:59:38 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | May 8, 2012 | Byron Tau
    A Texas felon gave President Obama a run for his money in the West Virginia Democratic primary, beating Obama in several counties and winning enough of the vote to be eligible for at least one delegate at the convention, according to the Associated Press. Perennial candidate Keith Russell Judd, currently serving 210 months in a federal prison, is currently pulling down roughly 40 percent of the vote to Obama's 60 percent. Judd has caused problems in other elections as well. In 2008, Idaho Democrats were peeved Judd qualified for the ballot, with one Democratic official calling him a "yahoo prisoner...
  • Frank To Liberals: Only Target Conservative Dems In Safe Districts

    08/14/2010 8:27:05 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | August 14, 2010 | Steven T. Dennis
    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has some advice for liberal activists upset at the votes of the party’s conservative members: defeat them in primaries — but only in safe Democratic districts. Frank told liberals at a Congressional Progressive Caucus Foundation event in Los Angeles in April that primaries are the place to push for more liberal Members. “I said don’t defeat conservative Democrats in November . . . the place to do that is in the primary,” Frank said Friday in an interview. But Frank added his caveat that such a primary challenge should only come in districts...
  • Oh my: Administration admits that Colorado Dem was offered job to drop out of primary

    06/02/2010 2:52:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 808+ views
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2010 | Allahpundit
    Alternate headline: “Sestak story just getting started.” The news here isn’t that Andrew Romanoff was offered a job to help clear the way for Michael Bennet in the Senate primary; the Denver Post reported that allllll the way back in September of last year, citing multiple sources in the state Democratic leadership. The news is that the White House denied it at the time and that unnamed “administration officials” are formally un-denying it now. From last September: Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s deputy chief of staff and a storied fixer in the White House political shop, suggested a place for...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 5:43:14 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies · 1,070+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 06/01/10 | staff
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and its...
  • White House can't get its Sestak story straight

    06/01/2010 3:45:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 17 replies · 1,343+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 1, 2010
    Did you hear the one about how President Obama got Slick Willie Clinton to offer second-term Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak an unpaid appointment to an obscure White House advisory panel in return for dropping his primary challenge to incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter? Obama and his Chicago boys are still guffawing over how all the chumps in the media reported that one with a straight face. Hey, it's a just another reason why running a gangster government is nothing but laughs for the Obama crew in the White House. The reality is that nobody outside the White House gang and...
  • Breaking News: We Win in PA-12!‏ (DCCC Title of email)

    05/20/2010 12:55:27 AM PDT · by pennyfarmer · 13 replies · 871+ views
    DCCC ^ | Tue 5/18/10 | DCCC
    Congratulations to Congressman-elect Mark Critz on his extraordinary victory. Voters in this election responded to Mark Critz's commitment to providing independent leadership that puts Pennsylvania jobs first. This was the only race in the country today where a Democrat faced off against a Republican and the results are clear. Mark Critz focused on creating jobs for middle class families, while Republicans practiced the politics of fear and distortion. For all of their bluster about building a national wave this year, including RNC Chairman Michael Steele's guarantee of victory for Tim Burns, Republican policies were once again rejected when it came...
  • Hillary Clinton Is Throwing Obama Under The Bus For A 2012 Run

    05/13/2010 5:26:47 AM PDT · by safetysign · 16 replies · 897+ views
    Mediaite.com ^ | 05/12/2010 | Dick Morris
    On 60 Minutes earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that the American economy is making it more difficult for her to do her job because other nations are telling her that “we always look to you because you have this great economy, and now you’re in the ditch.” Bill O’Reilly saw “a little jab” at the President in those comments, blaming the White House for her job troubles, but guest Dick Morris took that premise a bit further, suggesting the remarks, coupled with her silence on health care reform, were a deliberate attempt to undermine the President...
  • MoveOn.org founder challenging Brown

    04/06/2010 2:17:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 600+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 4/6/10 | Jessica Taylor
    Peter Schurman, a founder and former executive director of MoveOn.org, announced Tuesday he plans to challenge California Attorney General Jerry Brown in his state's Democratic gubernatorial primary. "Our Democratic standard-bearer must be a true leader, take strong stands on the issues, and run a vigorous grass-roots campaign," .. "With our state in crisis, and our party facing billions in corporate money this fall, we can't settle for anything less." Schurman led the liberal group between 2001 and 2005; ..
  • SEIU warns House Dem: Vote yes or we’ll primary you

    03/12/2010 6:23:15 PM PST · by blueyon · 45 replies · 1,819+ views
    hotair ^ | 03/12/10 | Allahpundit
    The Democrats can’t afford to let this thing get to the recess without a vote — the risk of another round of angry townhalls is too great — so every last stop will be pulled out over the next week. This is just the beginning.
  • Mortimer Zuckerman announces he will not run for the Senate

    03/02/2010 5:58:21 PM PST · by AlanD · 11 replies · 322+ views
    The field in the battle for a New York Senate seat became a little clearer Tuesday when Mortimer B. Zuckerman announced he would not join the race. Mr. Zuckerman, chairman and publisher of the Daily News, said personal and professional reasons were behind his decision not to challenge Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. "I was encouraged by many major political figures in New York to look closely at running for Senate," Mr. Zuckerman said. "However, at this time, it is very difficult to see how I can devote the necessary time to either a campaign, or to working in Washington, if...
  • Brown runs for Calif. governor

    03/02/2010 2:39:34 PM PST · by legalwatch · 22 replies · 654+ views
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced he wants to be governor once again.
  • Surprise! Harold Ford Can Be Bullied

    03/01/2010 9:02:16 PM PST · by CaroleL · 7 replies · 269+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 03/02/10 | CaroleL
    Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford announced Monday evening that he will not challenge incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) in the upcoming Democratic primary. Just six weeks ago, the former Tennessee Congressman was putting together his campaign team and warning top Democrats that he couldn't be bullied. Evidently he could be.
  • Harold Ford won't seek New York Senate seat: report

    03/01/2010 6:18:23 PM PST · by americanophile · 6 replies · 386+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2010 | Peter Cooney; Editing by Chris Wilson
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Harold Ford, a former representative from Tennessee, will not challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the New York Democratic primary, The New York Times reported on Monday. In an opinion piece it said would be published in the Times on Tuesday, the newspaper quoted Ford as writing: "If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary -- a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened." "I refuse to do anything that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans,"...
  • Brown to announce gubernatorial bid Tuesday

    03/01/2010 5:04:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 361+ views
    cnn.com ^ | March 1, 2010 | Jessica Yellin
    (CNN) – California Attorney General Jerry Brown plans to announce Tuesday that he's entering the race to be his state's next governor, three sources confirm to CNN. If elected, this would be the second time around for Brown, who served two terms as California Governor from 1975-1983. Already Brown has amassed at least a $12 million dollar war chest and he has attracted the support of big Hollywood kingmakers; David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg are among those who have publicly endorsed him. So far no other big name Democrats are in the race; San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom,...
  • Hillary's Dems still Key

    02/28/2010 5:44:32 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 16 replies · 552+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 28, 2010 | By Salena Zito
    As both political parties consider how to gain the fickle support of Tea Party activists and independent voters in the 2010 midterm elections, another increasingly dissatisfied tribe exists for both to lure: Hillary Democrats. No other candidate has captured their frustration better than U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Democrat trying to take out one-time Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter in the state's May primary. A campaign web-ad for Sestak shows real Democrats who voted for Obama, set in a stark black-and-white backdrop, voicing their collective dissatisfaction with the president's support of Specter: "That's not change we can believe...
  • NY Gov. David Paterson drops bid for election under pressure from concerned Democrats

    02/26/2010 6:03:57 PM PST · by cajuncow · 29 replies · 644+ views
    Cox News ^ | 2-26-10 | MICHAEL GORMLEY, Associated Press Writer
    NEW YORK (Associated Press) -- Less than a week after declaring he would seek a full four-year term, New York Gov. David Paterson abruptly dropped his election bid Friday under pressure from fellow Democrats concerned about his faltering agenda and his handling of a domestic abuse case involving a trusted aide. Paterson cited a litany of distractions that prompted him to end his campaign, but said he had never abused his office.
  • Murtha's wife urged to run for seat in Congress

    02/14/2010 12:30:06 PM PST · by cajuncow · 53 replies · 1,265+ views
    Herald Standard ^ | 2-14-10 | Herald Standard Staff
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The wife of the late congressman John Murtha is being urged to run for the House seat that he held for nearly four decades, a newspaper reported Friday. "While people have been mindful that this is a difficult time for the family, many have called to suggest Joyce as the perfect person to hold her husband's seat," Murtha spokesman Matthew Mazonkey told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • Sen. Gillibrand gets key backing from New York County Democratic Party

    02/13/2010 10:06:59 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 295+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | February 12th 2010 | David Saltonstall
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand boxed out Harold Ford on his own turf Thursday night, reeling in the coveted endorsement of the New York County Democratic Party. The committee chose to pass over Ford, a Manhattanite who is mulling a challenge against Gillibrand, to endorse the incumbent from upstate. "In just a short period of time ... Gillibrand has proven herself to be a smart, hardworking advocate for the people of New York," said Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Harlem), the county chair. Ford had met with Wright last month and recently had urged him and other county leaders to hold off on any...
  • Will 2010 be the year of the crook?

    02/12/2010 9:05:06 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 8 replies · 354+ views
    Salon ^ | 02/12/10 | Gabriel Winant
    Patrick Kennedy's exit opens a door for Buddy Cianci, who could join Jim Traficant in the felon caucus. * * * But if Kennedy is a rare breed of one kind -- the melancholy politician -- then his departure may clear the way for another type of odd duck entirely, and one that’s much more fun. Buddy Cianci, the former mayor of Providence -- former because of the small matter of a federal felony conviction -- is thinking about running for Kennedy's seat, presumably as an independent. * * * If he is a candidate, Cianci will join a rarefied...
  • The Politician’s Wife Claims No Baggage [Harold E. Ford Jr. & His Blonde Wife]

    02/11/2010 10:16:11 AM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 2,049+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 11, 2010 | Laura M. Holson
    The Politician’s Wife Claims No Baggage By LAURA M. HOLSON February 10, 2010 SINCE early January, when Harold E. Ford Jr. announced he was considering a bid for a Senate seat from New York, his wife, Emily Ford, has been hounded. Her friends call almost daily to ask if she has read the latest gossip about the couple. Mr. Ford can’t seem to stop talking about his wife, either, recently telling a columnist that he walks her favorite Chihuahua, Fabby. Emily Ford [Pic in URL] steels herself for a rough ride as Harold E. WELL PREPARED? Emily Ford was a...
  • Illinois Primary Results Show Local Political Machine 'Breaking Down'

    02/10/2010 7:55:49 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 18 replies · 722+ views
    Chicago News Cooperative ^ | February 10, 2010 | Dan Mihalopoulos
    Terrence O’Brien got his start in Chicago Democratic politics like so many of his peers and the generations that came before him, dutifully ringing doorbells to solicit votes for his state senator on the far North Side. He rose to coordinating other precinct captains for such candidates as a young Cook County state’s attorney and mayoral hopeful named Richard M. Daley. After serving some 20 years as an elected leader of the obscure-but-jobs-rich Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Mr. O’Brien decided last year that the time was ripe to seek higher office, to run for county board president. So he lined...
  • Gov. David Paterson: I'll leave office early only 'in a box'

    02/09/2010 5:50:02 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 40 replies · 849+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/9/10 | BRENDAN SCOTT and FREDRIC U. DICKER
    Over my dead body! A defiant Gov. Paterson vowed today that he'd leave office early early only if he's hauled off "in a box." "Let me let you know this: The only way I'm not going to be governor next year is at the ballot box, and the only way I'll be leaving office before is in a box," Paterson said during a news conference. "Actually, the more frustrated I get, the more I know I am going to be running" in November, he added.
  • Harold Ford Superstar: U.S. Senate wannabe's tour rider

    02/09/2010 10:13:26 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies · 570+ views
    Like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, Harold Ford, Jr. has a tour rider. The former Tennessee congressman, who is now trying to carpetbag his way to a Senate seat in New York, banks about $20,000 when he gives speeches booked by the Greater Talent Network agency. According to the below contract for an appearance Wednesday at a Missouri college, Ford demands that when his limo driver picks him up, the chauffeur must be carrying a sign reading "H.F.." Presumably, if the Democrat's name was spelled out, hordes of fans/groupies would be alerted to his impending arrival and swarm him (something that...
  • Paterson to Announce Campaign for Governor

    02/09/2010 5:16:13 AM PST · by kingattax · 20 replies · 413+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2010 | JACOB GERSHMAN
    Amid churning doubts over his political future, New York Gov. David Paterson has told one of his closest advisers that he will officially announce his campaign for governor next week. William Lynch, a Harlem lobbyist and political aide, said Mr. Paterson will give a "major statement on why he's running" and will travel around the state to make clear his intentions. "He's running," Mr. Lynch said.
  • Those Who've Already Filed to run for Murtha's Seat

    02/08/2010 3:10:02 PM PST · by no dems · 38 replies · 1,015+ views
    D.C.'s Political Report ^ | February 8, 2010 | no dems
    O.K., I know it's not Murtha's seat; that was just for clarification. That said: Those who filed to run for Murtha’s seat in PA’s 12th District before his death are: Dems: Former Naval Officer Ryan Bucchianeri and Attorney Ron Mackell Republicans: Activist Dave Battaglia, Businessman Tim Burns and Army Vet & ’08 nominee William T. “Bill” Russell
  • Paterson denies

    02/08/2010 2:46:38 PM PST · by FTJM · 21 replies · 660+ views
    Politico ^ | 2/8/10 | Ben Smith
    Paterson denies With everyone in town scrambling to match a New York Times story that doesn't (yet) exist, the governor talks to the Associated Press: New York Gov. David Paterson is lashing back at what he calls an orchestrated, scandalous assault on his character that includes unsubstantiated accusations about womanizing and drug use that he flatly denies. The Democratic governor tells The Associated Press that the media and New York politics have hit new lows, but it won't stop him from serving in office or seeking election to a full term in the fall. He cited as fabricated one published...
  • Illinois Senate Race Worries Democrats Anew [Giannoulias Won Only 39% of Democratic Vote]

    02/03/2010 8:55:56 PM PST · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 822+ views
    NYTimes ^ | February 03, 2010 | Monica Davey
    Illinois Senate Race Worries Democrats Anew BY MONICA DAVEY February 3, 2010 CHICAGO — Alexi Giannoulias, the treasurer of Illinois and a basketball-playing friend of President Obama’s, won the Democratic primary here on Tuesday for the Senate seat once held by Mr. Obama. But his victory was hardly the free throw some had expected, setting off a new round of worrying among Democrats that the reliably Democratic seat might be picked off by Republicans in November. With four others on the ballot, Mr. Giannoulias won 39 percent of the Democratic vote, or, as Republicans preferred to describe it on Wednesday,...
  • It Has Begun… CNN’s Cafferty Urges Hillary to Challenge Obama in 2012 (Video)

    01/29/2010 1:05:06 PM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies · 1,226+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 29,2010 | Jim Hoft
    The return of Shrillary– CNN’s Jack Cafferty urges Hillary Clinton to challenge Obama in 2012. Freedom’s Lighthouse reported, via Free Republic:Agreed. It’s the right thing to do. Hillary must revive her campaign and challenge Barack
  • NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will run for governor

    01/23/2010 7:34:31 PM PST · by conservativefromGa · 23 replies · 813+ views
    NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo will run for governor - Daily News Andrew Cuomo is ready to run for governor. New York's state attorney general is set to take on Gov. Paterson in the Democratic primary, a source close to Cuomo told the Daily News. Cuomo spokesman Richard Bamberger declined comment, but a source close to Cuomo told The News, "He will make an announcement at the end of March. And what he will say is that he intends to run for governor. ... He thinks there are a lot of problems in the state and he thinks he can...
  • GOP win in Mass. makes Ford Jr. run more likely: insiders

    01/19/2010 3:20:39 AM PST · by Scanian · 17 replies · 680+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 18, 2010 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Many New York Democratic insiders are privately speculating that if the Democrats face a Martha Coakley loss - or near-loss - in Massachusetts to GOPer Scott Brown in tomorrow's senate election, it increases the odds of a Harold Ford Jr. candidacy. The logic, several longtime Democratic strategists and insiders said, is that if Coakley loses such a blue state - and the seat held by Ted Kennedy, one of the senate's most liberal members, for nearly 50 years - then it spells trouble for other Dem incumbents in the fall. Rep. Charles Rangel, a firm Kirsten Gillibrand backer, dismissed any...
  • 'New Yorker' Harold Ford Jr. flees Tennessee record - Ex-moderate touts liberalism in Senate race

    01/17/2010 9:20:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Commercial Appeal (TN) ^ | January 17, 2010 | Trevor Aaronson
    NEW YORK — "Are you a New Yorker?" It was the evening of Jan. 11, and Chris Matthews was on MSNBC asking what many in this city wanted to know about Harold Ford Jr. "I live in New York," the former Congressman from Memphis answered. "My wife and I plan to start and raise a family there. I pay taxes there, and once you pay taxes there, you feel like a New Yorker." "But are you a New Yorker?" Matthews pressed. "I am." "You're a New Yorker?" Matthews continued. "Say, 'I am a New Yorker.'" "I am a New Yorker,"...
  • Hickenlooper enters Colorado governor's race

    01/12/2010 5:27:50 PM PST · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 502+ views
    Denver Post ^ | January 12, 2010 | Lynn Bartels
    Mayor John Hickenlooper announced his gubernatorial bid this afternoon, saying "I love Colorado every bit as much as I love Denver." Hickenlooper said his agenda is going to be about jobs... The packed news conference on the west side of the state Capitol attracted top Democratic leaders and Denver movers and shakers. Hickenlooper talked about being mayor and the measures he has helped push. "We went to the voters every single time so we could decide what kind of city they could live in," he said. Democrat Gov. Bill Ritter, whose unexpected decision to drop his re-election bid set off...
  • White House Opposes Challenge to Gillibrand

    01/11/2010 7:16:53 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies · 1,232+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and JEREMY W. PETERS
    WASHINGTON — The White House made it clear on Monday that it opposed the prospect of Harold E. Ford Jr.’s running for the United States Senate in New York, even as Mr. Ford, the former Tennessee congressman, showed no signs of being deterred. The remarks from the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, were the first offered by the Obama administration since Mr. Ford said last week that he was seriously considering challenging Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary. Mr. Gibbs said that the administration backed Ms. Gillibrand, who was appointed last January to fill the seat...