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Hotline Sort: Jerry Moran, Next NRSC Chair?

September 25, 2012

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. New ads from Donnelly, Carmona, and Allen, Boston papers scrutinize Warren, today's the deadline for Akin to drop out, and don't miss the naked truth about a political ally of embattled congressman David Rivera.

12) Wow. The Miami Herald has a story on Rep. David Rivera's colorful political ally, Ana Sol Alliegro:

When Justin Lamar Sternad met Ana Sol Alliegro at a Kendall Ale House, he didn't know the political consultant would help lead his campaign into the FBI's crosshairs or that she had prior legal run-ins -- including the time she shot at her ex-husband while naked.

Alliegro is a key figure in a federal investigation of Sternad's campaign finances that focuses on the funneling of tens of thousands in cash tied to U.S. Rep. David Rivera.

Check out the story for details on the naked shooting incident.

11) Multi-millionaire Mark Neumann, who lost the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary to former Gov. Tommy Thompson, is asking donors for help paying off $150,000 in campaign debts. The solicitation comes at a time when Thompson has acknowledged being "broke" at the end of the primary.

10) The Hill handicaps the race for 2014 chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee: Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is the "early favorite" -- because no one else has expressed interest in the job.

9) Scandal-plagued Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., holds a double-digit lead in a Siena College poll released Tuesday that shows him up 10 percentage points (48 percent to 38 percent) on Democrat Mark Murphy in New York's 11th District.

8) House Majority PAC is launching four new television ads: Three (Arizona's 1st District, Illinois's 17th District, and Virginia's 2nd District) in GOP-held districts, while the fourth (Arizona's 9th District) is in a new seat created in redistricting.

7) Today is September 25 -- the last day Todd Akin could petition for removal from the ballot in the Missouri Senate race.

Newt Gingrich, campaigning with Akin Monday, predicted that GOP leaders will support Akin again post-deadline.

6) Virginia Democratic Senate nominee Tim Kaine is calling for an investigation over anonymous text messages sent to voters that claim to wants to impose a radical new tax on everyone.

And a new ad out today from GOP nominee George Allen hitting Kaine on his record on taxes as governor and his comments on taxes at last week's debate. The narrator concludes, "Tim Kaine. Raising taxes on everyone."

5) Arizona Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona released his first negative ad in the race. The spot says Carmona has "always answered the call," and will support veterans as a senator "because he's lived it." The spot then calls GOP Rep. Jeff Flake a "career politician," saying he's voted "repeatedly" to cut veteran benefits.

4) New commercial from Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly out this morning in the Indiana Senate race. Donnelly walks down the middle of a road as he declares himself "in the Hoosier common-sense middle." He touts his record of working with Republicans and brings back a "Richard Mourdock" character to say "it's my way or the highway."

3) Meanwhile, Politico reports that Crossroads GPS is spending big money in Indiana to connect Donnelly to President Obama, a sign GOP officials are worried that the race is winnable for Democrats. The group is also up with new Senate ads in Florida, Ohio, Nevada and Virginia.

2) As Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., goes after Elizabeth Warren for her work on behalf of Travelers Insurance in an asbestos case, the Boston Globe has a story on her work for another corporation:

Warren also helped write a petition to the US Supreme Court for LTV Steel in the 1990s, assisting the former industrial conglomerate in its fight against a congressional requirement that it pay millions of dollars into a fund for its retired coal miners' health care.

Her advocacy on behalf of a large corporation, opposing a mandate to pay for the health benefits of blue-collar retirees and their families, would seem to undercut her image as a middle-class champion, the central message of the Democrat's Senate campaign against Brown, the Republican.

But Warren's campaign argues that the retirees' benefits were not in danger, even if LTV had won its legal battle. And it argues that she was fighting for a principle that could protect less powerful people who have claims against bankrupt companies.

Meanwhile, ICYMI: Warren responded to Brown's ad on the Native American issue with an ad of her own.

1) Obama today will address both the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative, and Mitt Romney will have an opportunity of his own at the CGI to outline his views on foreign policy. Romney's speech will focus on reforms to foreign aid, linking trade policy with development policy, saying, "too often foreign aid programs try to supplant private enterprise," according to a preview released by the campaign. Obama's U.N. speech will focus on Iran and the root causes of recent Muslim unrest, according to prepared remarks.

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