TODAY’S NEWS …
“¢ In recent days, Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO 04), Tim Holden (D-PA 17), Ben Chandler (D-KY 06), Jim Matheson (D-UT 02), Chet Edwards (D-TX 17), Lincoln Davis (D-TN 04) (“OnCall“), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND AL), Paul Kanjorski (D-PA 11) (“Scorecard“) and Collin Peterson (D-MN 07) have all indicated they plan to run for re-election.
“¢ But Dems say “one longtime member who hasn’t committed to running again” is Rep. John Spratt (D-SC 05), as he “hasn’t made any final decision” (“Scorecard“).
“¢ Saying he’s “never been so fired up for a campaign,” state Sen. Craig Pridemore (D) announced he’ll run for retiring Rep. Brian Baird’s (D-WA 03) seat. Meanwhile, state Rep. Jim Moeller (D) said he won’t run (Vancouver Columbian).
“¢ State Rep. Kevin Yoder (R) announced 12/15 that he’ll join the field of GOPers seeking retiring Rep. Dennis Moore’s (D-KS 03) (“Prime Buzz“).
“¢ Fairfax Co. Super. Pat Herrity (R) “is still seriously considering” running against Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA 11), despite saying he was “leaning against” a bid a few weeks ago (“Virginia Politics“).
“¢ Ex-state Del. Dave McKinley (R) met with the NRCC 12/15 “as he rounds up support for a possible run” at Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV 01) (“Briefing Room“).
“¢ Dem sources say businessman/Dem fundraiser Zenon Christodoulou (D), a self-described “conservative Democrat,” is considering a bid against Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ 07) (PoliticsNJ).
“¢ HI elections officials say they could save money by conducting the HI-01 special election by mail, or they could have ballots “dropped off at central locations” (Honolulu Star-Bulletin).
“¢ Baird said his decision to retire became apparent after his young son “began associating his buzzing pager with late-night votes.” Baird: “It was striking how early he learned to say, ‘Daddy, go vote’” (Roll Call).
“¢ State Sen./TN-08 candidate Roy Herron (D) may “have some explaining to do” after a website promoting his book “removed a reference” in a review “to his support for ‘liberal causes’” (“Briefing Room“).
MOTION TO ADJOURN
“Snowe? Stupak? Lieberman? Who left these people in charge? It’s time for the President to get his hands dirty” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY 09), upset over having to compromise over health care (“Mouth of the Potomac“).
Tim Sahd, Editor
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