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What We Learned: Water's Edge, Watershed Edition

February 5, 2011
-- Then again, Schweitzer is the Democratic version of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. He hates Washington, and he'll tell that to anyone who will listen. -- If Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) does retire, the only Republican in a position to hit the ground running fundraising-wise is Rep. Jeff Flake, with $628,000 in the bank. The rest of the GOP delegation is in the red, with minimal CoH. The only Democrat with decent cash on hand is Rep. Ed Pastor, with $1.4M, but he's never hinted at statewide ambitions. -- Unfortunately for Democrats, the only Massachusetts contenders with 7-figure warchests comparable to Sen. Scott Brown's $7M CoH are the ones least likely to run: ex-Reps. Marty Meehan and Joe Kennedy and Reps. Ed Markey and Richard Neal. Neal could need his money to deal with the fallout from redistricting if his western district gets the axe. -- Sens. Jim Webb and John Ensign aren't doing a lot to kill speculation that they're on their way out. Both men raised less than $20,000 last quarter. One member looking less likely to retire: Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI). Kohl gave his campaign $1 million in December. -- Have we heard the last of ex-Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI)? His latest fundraising report shows Djou still has $246,000 in the bank. If ex-Gov. Linda Lingle (R) doesn't run against Sen. Dan Inouye (D), Djou might take another shot at federal office. -- Timely, then, that Djou sent out a commentary published in a business daily blasting Hawaii's machine politics. "Political machines once dominated the American political landscape in the 20th century. Today, political machines have all but died off in the United States, but Hawaii's Democrat political machine stubbornly retains control of power like nowhere else in the country," Djou wrote.
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