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Hotline's Wake-Up Call!

FL-13 Candidates Debate; Jeb Bush Cuts Ad for David Jolly; Rep. Robert Andrews to Resign

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WHAT'S NEWS

  • "Federal prosecutors investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures have demanded documents from" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) "office, he said Monday, a development that puts him at the opposite end from the kind of probe he once led as the state's hard-charging U.S. attorney. Christie acknowledged the subpoenas during a radio interview Monday evening, as news broke that his former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, would not turn over documents in response to a subpoena issued by state lawmakers in a parallel investigation." (Bergen Record)
  • In the FL-13 Special, "three candidates ... sculpted more detailed images of themselves" in a debate Monday "as differences emerged over new topics such as medical marijuana, light rail and a military response in Syria." Former lobbyist David Jolly (R) "spoke of personal liberty and opposing big government;" former state CFO Alex Sink (D) "called herself a bipartisan problem-solver; and Libertarian Lucas Overby portrayed himself a pragmatist who believes in government reform." (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Also in FL-13, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) "appears in a new TV ad to help" Jolly. "The spot is funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and begins airing Tuesday." (AP)
  • Also in FL-13, American Action Network launched a new TV ad attacking Sink for creating a "mess" in Florida "as part of a $1.2 million buy by three groups on behalf of" Jolly. (Politico)
  • In TX SEN, Sen. John Cornyn (R) raised $1.48 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and has $6.5 million cash on hand. (Dallas Morning News)
  • In NJ-01, Rep. Robert Andrews (D) "will resign from Congress in February to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm." State Sen. Donald Norcross (D) "is expected to run to replace Andrews and will be endorsed by the top names in South Jersey Democratic politics" later Tuesday morning. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • In CA-33, women's rights activist Sandra Fluke (D) "has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race. ... The state party begins its endorsement process on Sunday afternoon at its local pre-endorsement conference, with the process culminating at the state party convention next month." (Washington Post)
  • In IA-03, Gov. Terry Branstad aide Brenna Findley (R) "has decided not to run." (Des Moines Register)
  • A new WMUR-TV Granite State poll of NH-01 LVs, conducted Jan. 21-26, shows former Rep. Frank Guinta (R) leading Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D), 45-39%. In the previous poll, conducted Oct. 7-16, Shea-Porter led Guinta, 48-32%. (release)
  • A new WMUR-TV Granite State poll of NH-02 LVs, conducted Jan. 21-26, shows Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (D) leading former state Sen. Gary Lambert (R), 38-34%. In the previous poll, Lambert led Kuster, 34-33%. (release)
  • In TX GOV, Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) raised "more than" $3.1 million "in just over three weeks in January" and has $29.4 million cash on hand, while state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) raised "just under" $913,000 in the same period and has "more than" $10.2 million cash on hand. (Houston Chronicle)

NUMBER BRUNCHING

  • According to a new CNN/ORC International poll of national adults, conducted Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 45% approve of the way President Obama is handling his job, while 50% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Dec. 16-19, 41% approved of Obama, and 56% disapproved. (release)

OUR CALL

Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day

 

• Andrews's resignation won't change the partisan composition of the House, since his south New Jersey seat is safely Democratic. But he's yet another ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who's stepping down, another signal of her long odds to recapture the majority.

• It looks like EMILY's List will be spoiled for choice in CA-33, where Rep. Henry Waxman (D) is retiring. The Democratic women's group threw major support behind Wendy Greuel (D) in her 2013 Los Angeles mayoral run, and Greuel was the first candidate out of the gate in CA-33. But Fluke, who became a fundraising draw for EMILY's List after rising to prominence in early 2012, has also filed papers to run for the seat.

• A new GOP poll on the Kansas gubernatorial race from Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research has Gov. Sam Brownback's favorability at 45%, with 41% viewing him unfavorably. These are weaker figures than a recent Marquette poll found for Dem-targeted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), and the last poll on Kansas by SurveyUSA (IVR) in October had Davis leading Brownback, 43-39%. Kansas's deep-red nature begs caution for these results, but it wasn't all that long ago that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (D) was governor. And, given all the attention cast on long-shot races for Democrats in places like Texas and Georgia, Kansas may be the real race to watch.

On Monday, we included the latest fundraising numbers from D.C.'s mayoral hopefuls without noting that Mayor Vincent Gray raised all of his $627,000 in the waning days of the fundraising period, as Gray hadn't yet announced for reelection until late last year. That's impressive, and it's a sign that D.C.'s donor class sees Gray as the frontrunner in the April 1 primary, with last month's Washington Post poll showing Gray leading as a major opponent has yet to surface from the field.

HAIR OF THE DOG

FRESH BREWED BUZZ

  • "Joan Adams Mondale, the wife of former Vice President Walter Mondale who carved out a significant national and international role for herself as a tireless promoter of the arts, died Monday afternoon surrounded by her husband, sons and family members." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • "Every vulnerable Senate Democrat up for re-election in 2014 voted with" Obama "at least 90 percent of the time in 2013, according to CQ Roll Call's latest vote studies." (Roll Call)
  • Former Rep. Parker Griffith "is on the verge of announcing his candidacy for" AL GOV as a Democrat, "the party he famously abandoned just four years ago." (WHNT-TV)
  • GA SEN candidate/Rep. Paul Broun (R) "indicated during a tea party-sponsored candidate forum this weekend that he would support the impeachment of" Obama. (ABC News)
  • "As we know he doesn't always fare all that well. He was runner up." -- Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), on pop singer Clay Aiken (D), who is considering running for her congressional seat and finished second in "American Idol" in 2003. (Raleigh News & Observer)
  • "Organizing for Action says it's airing a new six-figure TV ad pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour." (NBC News)
  • "Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink" (Tampa Bay Times)
  • "We were underwater and now we're out of being underwater, so let's go." -- Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), on why he was snorkeling in the opening scene of his first ad. (MLive.com)

PLAY OF THE DAY!

The Latest Revelation in Christie's Lane Closure Scandal

 

ROOSTER'S CROW

  • A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect. (7 p.m.-6 a.m. Wednesday)
  • Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Mostly sunny this morning, then becoming mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. Northeast winds around 5 mph.
  • The House and Senate both return at 10 a.m.
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to advance the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) to be ambassador to China. (419 DSOB, 10 a.m.)
  • Obama delivers remarks on education at a middle school in Prince George's County, Md. (Buck Lodge Middle School, 11:30 a.m.)
  • The Caps host the Islanders. (Verizon Center, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Maryland heads to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. (WDCA-TV, 8 p.m.)
  • Have an event for us to highlight? Email us!

SWIZZLE CHALLENGE

  • Martin Zweig, who owned the penthouse apartment at the top of the Hotel Pierre, hosted a fundraiser for then-Jersey City Mayor/2001 NJ GOV nominee Bret Schundler (R) on December 12, 2000.
  • No one answered correctly, so Bill Pascoe submitted another Swizzle Challenge: "What former major-party nominee for president had to call in favors to get one of his children a ticket to sit in the studio audience to see The Beatles perform live on the Feb. 9, 1964 broadcast of 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' and for which of his children did he pull strings?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.

NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS

SHOT...

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said House Speaker John Boehner "has not apologized for reportedly calling him an 'asshole' while speaking with Democratic members." (Roll Call)

...CHASER

"That man is a step-skipper! He skips steps! Step nine! He never apologized to me for saying that I would stretch out the neck hole on his sweater." -- "George Costanza" in Seinfeld

Adam Wollner, Editor

Steven Shepard, Editor-in-Chief

 

Steven Shepard contributed to this article.

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