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Weiner Shrugs Off Calls to Drop Bid; Perdue Cousin Enters GA SEN Race; Booker Keeps Raising Big $

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  • Pres. Obama on Wednesday "sounded a clarion call for a host of changes designed to bolster the middle class during a speech Wednesday at Knox College" in Galesburg, IL (Peoria Journal Star).
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) "raised" $2M in the NJ SEN special pre-primary fundraising period from 7/1-24 (Newark Star-Ledger).
  • Ex-Dollar General CEO David Perdue (R), "yet another political newcomer with a family legacy in high office," entered the GA SEN race on Wednesday (Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Perdue "expressed some distaste for the term 'self-funder,'" preferring "'investor,' though he declined to specify the size of his investment" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
  • A new Quinnipiac Univ. poll of NYC Dem mayoral primary LVs, conducted 7/18-23, shows ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner leading City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, 26-22%, with '09 nominee Bill Thompson at 20%, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at 15% and Comp. John Liu at 7% (release). "Weiner said Wednesday that he regretted he hadn't told the public more clearly when he stopped sending lewd online messages to women, as he faced mounting calls" to drop out of the race (Wall Street Journal).
  • "The conservative group Citizens United has produced a scathing film" about ex-DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe (D) and "plans to spend six figures promoting it" during McAuliffe's VA GOV '13 campaign (Politico).
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) "says he will kick off" his reelection campaign on 8/7, though DeJarlais "faces challenges" from two other GOPers in TN-04 (Chattanooga Times Free Press).
  • Businessman Scott Van Binsbergen (R) said Wednesday "that he is eyeing a bid against" Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) in MN-07 and has met with the NRCC and MN GOP (Roll Call).
  • OR state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R) "announced that he will run" for OR GOV on Wednesday morning, becoming "the highest profile candidate to enter the race" (Portland Oregonian).
  • "A third woman" came forward on Wednesday "with allegations of sexual harassment against" San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) when we was in Congress (KPBS-TV).


  • According to a new Fox News poll of nat'l RVs, conducted 7/21-23 by Anderson Robbins Research (D)/Shaw & Co. Research (R), 46% approve of the job Obama is doing as POTUS, while 47% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 6/22-24, 43% approved of Obama, and 51% disapproved (release).
  • According to a new CBS News poll of nat'l adults, conducted 7/18-22, 48% approve of the way Obama is handling his job as POTUS, while 45% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted 5/31-6/4, 47% approved of Obama, and 43% disapproved (release).


Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day


• Correlation, not necessarily causation: In 7 top SEN races last year, Dems outspent Republican candidates by a nearly 3:1 margin on digital ads and outreach, according to data compiled by GOP firm Soapbox Strategic Interactive. Dems won 6 of those 7 races. Only Sen. Dean Heller won while spending less online than his Dem rival.

• David Perdue's entry means trouble for Karen Handel. Not only does he undermine her attempts to portray herself as an outsider among a group of longtime politicians (Perdue has never run for office before and unlike Handel, he doesn't have a year of lobbying in Washington to explain away). But he will likely lock up former consultants and donors to Handel's mentor, Sonny Perdue, and there's some indications that he already has.

• A fight over CA's pain-and-suffering damages cap looks set to be among the ballot initiatives the state considers in 2014, perhaps drawing major investment from lawyers and medical groups, among others. Keep an eye on what else might follow this issue to the ballot: With the GOV race set to be a snooze, ballot measures will drive midterm-year turnout in CA, potentially affecting several battleground House races.



  • "I'm not going anywhere. I love this job ... there has been no consideration of that" -- VA Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), asked in a satellite interview from Afghanistan if he's thought about resigning (WRC-TV).
  • "George H.W. Bush shaved his head Wednesday to show support for a 2-year-old boy who is battling leukemia and is losing his hair because of treatment" (USA Today).
  • "I don't think there's anyone in Congress who has a stronger belief in minority rights than I do" -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) (Yahoo! News).
  • Both Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), who is running against Schatz in the Dem primary, held fundraisers at the Hotel George on Wednesday. Schatz's fundraiser was hosted by Senate Maj. Whip Dick Durbin, while Daniel Inouye widow Irene Hirano Inouye held an event for Hanabusa (Honolulu Star-Advertiser).
  • "Democrats Bristle As Republicans Send Trackers Into The Capitol" (Buzzfeed).


  • John Purroy Mitchel is considered by some to be the first Latino NYC mayor.
  • We didn't receive 5 correct responses, so here's a bonus Swizzle Challenge: "Who was the first sitting POTUS to meet a pope?" The 2nd correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.



"I have nothing to say except God help New York if he gets to be mayor. You can print that" -- Laura Leathers, mother of Sydney Leathers, "the woman identified as ... Weiner's new online mistress" (New York Daily News).



"This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions" -- "Peter Venkman, Ph.D." ("Ghostbusters").

Reid Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

Steven Shepard, Executive Editor

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