Hotline Sort: Republicans Already Hitting Heitkamp
Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cain accuses a Perry consultant of leaking the story about sexual harassment allegations against him, North Dakota Republicans take a preemptive swipe at Heidi Heitkamp, voters are pessimistic about the supercommittee's ability to get things done and Jeff Greene -- yes, that Jeff Greene -- take to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to declare he's part of the 99%. Here's today's rundown:
8) A Suffolk Univ./WSVN-TV poll released late Wednesday queried Florida voters about allegations that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may have embellished details about the circumstances of his family's emigration to the United States from Cuba. After a brief explanation of the situation, 41 percent of Sunshine State voters said they thought Rubio exaggerated his story, while 26 percent said they thought he told the truth. A third of voters were undecided.
7) Who's that defending the Occupy Wall Street movement in a Wall Street Journal op-ed? Jeff Greene, the billionaire 2010 Democratic Senate candidate, who is best-known for his booze-fueled yacht parties during last year's campaign.
6) Anticipating former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp's entrance into the Senate race, the North Dakota Republican Party has purchased full-page ads in the Bismarck Tribune & the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead that tie Heitkamp to Obama. Democrats are optimistic about Heitkamp's chances; the ads show that Republicans regard her as a threat, as well.
5) Third time's the charm? Washington state Democrat Darcy Burner sure hopes so. After losing two losing competitive races to Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., in the Evergreen State's 8th District, Burnerwill give it a go in the 1st District, where Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee is leaving to run for governor. Burner was a highly touted national recruit and a favorite of liberals both times she ran against Reichert.
Burner is the latest Democratic candidate to lose running in a swing seat, and is now pursuing a more liberal district to run in. Former Democratic Reps. Mary Jo Kilroy, Dina Titus and Alan Grayson are all pursuing comeback campaigns in safely-Democratic districts.