4) Politico reports
that Sen. John McCain
, R-Ariz., and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
have cut ads for Sen. Richard Lugar
. Daniels is popular, so his participation could move some voters in the state. It's also another sign that Lugar realizes his back is against the wall and he needs to shake up the race in any way he can down the home stretch.
The Lugar campaign is also dropping a mailer casting Mourdock as unfriendly to seniors. You can check out the full mailer here
3) Meanwhile, keep an eye on this: The AP reports
that Indiana GOP leaders met Wednesday to discuss how to handle allegations that the Mourdock camp improperly tried to access a critical database of voter information. More:
At issue is a March 14 email obtained by The Associated Press in which Mourdock campaign manager Jim Holden writes that Mourdock staffers should "start pillaging email addresses" from a voter database known as Salesforce, which is used by all Indiana Republicans.
"We have a Salesforce login again. Can one of you guys login immediately and start pillaging email addresses like a Viking raider attacking a monestary full of unarmed monks?" Holden wrote. In the email, he also instructed them to take the information, "download into our house file" and remove duplicate entries.
The Mourdock camp says the email was a joke and was taken out of context.
2) Mitt Romney
was in Charlotte on Wednesday, offering something of a prebuttal to President Obama's convention speech. The New York Times reports
that Romney repeatedly quoted lines from Obama's 2008 convention speech, telling the audience they were unlikely to hear the president repeat them at this year's convention. "But you'll hear it at ours, I'll tell you that," he added.
1) The much bigger story out of North Carolina involves state party chairman David Parker
. Allegations of sexual harassment made by a former staffer at the the state party against then-Executive Director Jay Parmley
have become public, with the Raleigh News & Observer obtaining documents
detailing the claims. Parker refuses to resign amid allegations of a secret settlement agreement and now national Democrats are prepared to push him out
This is exactly the kind of story Democrats -- who are holding their national convention in Charlotte -- do not need in a state the president's reelection campaign plans to contest heavily this year.
-- Scott Bland contributed