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Hotline's Wake-Up Call! / WAKE UP CALL

Daley Abruptly Drops IL GOV Bid; DC Reels After Reportedly Disturbed Gunman Kills 12 at Navy Yard

September 17, 2013

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • Ex-WH CoS Bill Daley (D) "abruptly ended" his IL GOV bid on Monday, "saying a lifetime in politics had not prepared him for the 'enormity' of his first run for office and the challenge of leading the state through difficult times." But Daley "said he still believed" Gov. Pat Quinn (D) "was a weak candidate who would lose ... general election" to a GOPer. Daley: "There's no doubt in my mind that Pat Quinn will not be the next governor of Illinois" (Chicago Tribune).
  • Ex-Daley mgr. Tom Bowen said Daley has "no intention" of endorsing a GOPer against Quinn. Bowen: "He's been a Democrat for a long time" (Hotline reporting).
  • VP Biden and House Min. Leader Nancy Pelosi will co-host a DCCC fundraiser on 10/7 in Baltimore (Politico).
  • A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll of NJ GOV '13 LVs, conducted 9/3-9, shows Gov. Chris Christie (R) leading state Sen. Barbara Buono (D), 55-35% (release). Christie launched a new TV ad on Monday, hitting Buono for votes to raise taxes and legislators' pay (release).
  • In VA GOV '13, ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) raised "nearly" $7.36M in July and Aug. and had "more than" $5M CoH. AG Ken Cuccinelli (R) raised "about" $5.69M and had "about" $2.24M CoH (Washington Post). McAuliffe launched a new TV ad on Tuesday accusing Cuccinelli of interfering "in the lives of women across Virginia" (release). At a Cuccinelli fundraiser in Richmond on Monday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) "said the country has reached a 'moment of extraordinary importance,' and suggested no less than the 'American Dream' is at stake" in the election (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
  • In NYC Mayor '13, '09 nominee Bill Thompson (D) "threw in the towel Monday" in the Dem primary, "setting up a fall showdown between" Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) and ex-MTA Chair Joe Lhota (R) (New York Daily News). But if de Blasio "slips below" 40% after the Board of Elections finishes its count of all absentee ballots in the primary, "a runoff" between de Blasio and Thompson "must be held by law" (NY1).
  • The Boston Globe ed. board said Tuesday that ex-School Cmte member John Barros and city Councilor John Connelly "both have the broad perspective needed to make" Boston's "common agenda their own" and backed the two in next week's Boston mayoral preliminary election (Boston Globe).
  • Ex-MT Gov. Marc Racicot (R) said Monday he won't run for MT SEN, and "he is encouraging" Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) to enter the race (AP).
  • In NYC for a meeting with influential GOP donors, Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) criticized activist Liz Cheney's (R) comments on Syria and her statement earlier this month "that she was like Winston Churchill standing up to Adolf Hitler (Politico).
  • IA state Sen. Jack Hatch (D) "made his long anticipated candidacy" for IA GOV "official on Monday, with an announcement from a weed-strewn lot south of downtown Des Moines" (Des Moines Register).
  • PA Gov. Tom Corbett (R) "said Monday that he would accept federal Medicaid funding to insure hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians as part of a broader overhaul of the health-care safety net" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
  • In the AL-01 Special, '10 GOV candidate Bradley Byrne (R) "released his second advertisement ... on Monday" (Roll Call).
  • MA state Rep. Katherine Clark (D) "will become the first candidate" in the MA-05 Special "to air a television ad when a 30-second spot launches" Tuesday morning. "The campaign created two ads, emailed them to supporters, and asked them to pick one goes on air, according to the official" (Boston Globe).
  • Ex-MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) endorsed state Rep. Rudy Hobbs (D) in MI-14 on Monday (Roll Call). Ex-Obama/Granholm staffer Jessica McCall entered the race on Monday (Detroit News).

NUMBER BRUNCHING

  • According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll of nat'l adults, conducted 9/12-15, 47% approve of the way Pres. Obama is handling his job, while 47% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 7/18-21, 49% approved of Obama, and 44% disapproved (release).

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

• Quinn used the Obama playbook against Mitt Romney to masterful effect against Daley, his wealthy Dem. Daley's decision to drop out is as attributable to his worsening prospects in the primary as any personal hesitation. And expect to hear more of these finance industry attacks from Quinn if he faces Bruce Rauner (R), a self-funding venture capitalist. "Spoiler alert: they work," said one senior Dem strategist.

• McAuliffe once again outraised Cuccinelli, this time to the tune of about $1.7M. But a closer look at the numbers paints an even bleaker picture for the GOP nominee. McAuliffe raised about $6.2M directly from donors, while Cuccinelli brought in just $1.9M. GOPers are growing increasingly concerned about Cuccinelli's chances, and some donors may not be willing to back a campaign that is consistently trailing in the polls. Cuccinelli has just two months to turn the tide, and the RGA (which spent another $3.7M on him) is helping him out on offense. But Cuccinelli will need to reinforce his own story as well, making fundraisers with Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul all the more crucial.

 

SHOOTING AT NAVY YARD

  • "A gunman killed a dozen people as the workday began at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, creating an improbable moment of horror at a military facility with armed guards at every gate and leaving investigators seeking clues about what spurred the attack" (Washington Post).
  • In response, Obama ordered flags to be flown at half-staff until 9/20 (release). "Most streets around the Navy Yard reopened to traffic Tuesday morning, but one block," the 1100 block of 3rd St. SE, "remains closed" (Washington Post). Nearby schools, which were on lockdown on Monday, opened Tuesday morning (WJLA-TV). The Nats postponed Monday night's game against the Atlanta Braves; the game will be made up as the front end of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday (release).
  • The gunman, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, "was discovered with an AR-15 assault rifle and a shotgun with him and was wearing dark blue clothing." The shotgun "was traced to a gun store" in Lorton, VA, "according to a federal law enforcement official. The official said the shotgun was purchased at the store within the last week" (CBS News). Alexis "was arrested by Seattle police" in '04 "for shooting out the tires of a construction worker's car in what Alexis later described as an anger-fueled 'blackout'" he "attributed ... to trauma he witnessed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to Seattle police" (Seattle Times). Alexis "had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He also had been hearing voices in his head" (AP).
  • Eight of the victims have been identified: Michael Arnold, 59, Lorton, VA; Arthur Daniels, 51, SE DC; Sylvia Fraser, 53, Charles Co., MD; Kathleen Gaarde, 62, Woodbridge, VA; John Roger Johnson, 73, Derwood, MD; Frank Kohler, 50, St. Mary's Co., MD; Vishnu Pandit, 61, North Potomac, MD; Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46, Charles Co., MD (Washington Post).
  • "All he did was went to work. That's all. That man didn't have to shoot my husband. I love my husband" -- Priscilla Daniels (WTTG-TV).
  • "A family clings to phones, prayer" (Washington Post).
  • "Washington Navy Yard shootings: Hero base worker leads blind colleague to safety" (Yahoo! News).
  • "Everything was supposed to change after a man with a semiautomatic weapon mowed down 20 elementary school children in their classrooms last December. But for the politicians, nothing changed. Now, another massacre, another round of funerals. Again, again, again" -- A Washington Post editorial (Washington Post).

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • The Swizzle Challenge will return on Wednesday.

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