4) Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
's office said on Wednesday
that the congressman, who has been on medical leave, is being treated for a "mood disorder." It's the most specific information anyone has provided about Jackson's condition, but as the Chicago Tribune
notes, the statement came from an unnamed doctor, consistent with the secrecy surrounding Jackson during the last few weeks. Jackson's chief of staff, meanwhile, said that the rumor he is "being treated for alcohol or substance abuse is not true."
3) A day after Republican Sen. Dean Heller
, R-Nev., hit her with a new ad on her ethics woes, Rep. Shelley Berkley
is fighting back. The Las Vegas Sun
Berkley today will deliver a vigorous defense to accusations she violated ethics rules, flooding Nevada airwaves with a new ad that portrays her as a crusader for protecting Medicare.
Berkley's campaign will also launch a counterattack, pairing the defense ad with an second ad meant to dramatically amplify her existing message that her Republican opponent Dean Heller voted twice for a plan to "end Medicare."
2) Former Hawaii Republican Gov. Linda Lingle
released a poll conducted for her campaign by Voter/Consumer Research from Sunday to Tuesday that shows her leading the Democratic frontrunner, Rep. Mazie Hirono
, 45 percent to 40 percent. Lingle trails former Democratic Rep. Ed Case 41 percent to 40 percent (inside the +/- 4.6 percent margin of error).
The poll does two things. First, its a new data point that shows Lingle can win the general election. We have not see any other live caller polling showing her ahead of Hirono. Secondly, it has the potential to stir the pot on the Democratic side, because it shows Case running slightly better against Lingle than Hirono.
1) Mitt Romney
has long maintained that he left the private equity firm Bain Capital in February 1999 to work on the Salt Lake City Olympics, but government documents uncovered by The Boston Globe suggest
he may have been active in the company for three more years. A Massachusetts financial disclosure form Romney filed in 2003 said he still owned 100 percent of Bain Capital in 2002, The Globe reported. Another state disclosure form indicates he earned roughly $100,000 as an "executive" at Bain in both 2001 and 2002, apart from his investment earnings. Romney's departure date has become an issue because he has claimed that he was not involved with the company when some of its holdings went bankrupt and had to lay off workers.
The Romney campaign disputes the article. "The article is not accurate. As Bain Capital has said, as Governor Romney has said, and as has been confirmed by independent fact checkers multiple times, Governor Romney left Bain Capital in February of 1999 to run the Olympics and had no input on investments or management of companies after that point," said campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul
--Steven Shepard contributed