Business Executive Launches Grothman Challenge

Dan Kohl is the nephew of former Sen. Herb Kohl (D).

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Kimberly Railey
June 8, 2017, 10:54 a.m.

Busi­ness ex­ec­ut­ive Dan Kohl (D), the neph­ew of former Sen. Herb Kohl (D), an­nounced Wed­nes­day he is chal­len­ging Rep. Glenn Groth­man (R).

“The 6th dis­trict is rep­res­en­ted by the single most par­tis­an mem­ber of the House. We can and must do bet­ter,” Kohl said in a state­ment.

Kohl is a former as­sist­ant gen­er­al man­ager of the Mil­wau­kee Bucks, which his uncle owned un­til 2014. There are a few oth­er Demo­crats already in the race, which is not cur­rently on the DCCC tar­get list.

Pres­id­ent Trump car­ried the dis­trict 55-38 per­cent, though Mitt Rom­ney’s mar­gin was much smal­ler four years earli­er, at 53-47 per­cent. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

KS GOV: “Sec­ret­ary of State Kris Kobach (R), who has cham­pioned some of the strict­est vot­ing laws in the na­tion, an­nounced a cam­paign for gov­ernor Thursday.” (Kan­sas City Star) “Kobach out­lined three is­sues he will tackle in his cam­paign: a cul­ture of cor­rup­tion in Kan­sas polit­ics, tax­a­tion and il­leg­al im­mig­ra­tion.” (Topeka Cap­it­al-Journ­al)

VA GOV: Vir­gini­ans for a Bet­ter Fu­ture “has launched a last-minute di­git­al ad that at­tacks” former Rep. Tom Per­ri­ello (D) for vot­ing for the Stupak amend­ment. … Though they’ve sparred on de­bate stages over their vot­ing re­cords, there has been no neg­at­ive ad­vert­ising from the cam­paigns thus far ahead of next Tues­day’s primary.” (Rich­mond Times-Dis­patch)

GA-06: Former con­gres­sion­al staffer Jon Os­soff (D) “re­por­ted an­oth­er re­cord fun­drais­ing haul Thursday … by rais­ing an ad­di­tion­al $15 mil­lion in roughly the last two months. … He re­por­ted about $1 mil­lion left in the bank.” Former Geor­gia Sec­ret­ary of State Kar­en Han­del (R) “re­por­ted late Thursday that she raised more than $3.8 mil­lion” and “had about $1.4 mil­lion on hand.” (At­lanta Journ­al-Con­sti­tu­tion)

Os­soff led Han­del 50-47% in a Land­mark Com­mu­nic­a­tions poll (June 6-7, 420 LV, 4.8% MoE). (WSB-TV) Mean­while, a new At­lanta Journ­al-Con­sti­tu­tion poll shows Os­soff beat­ing Han­del 51-44% (June 5-8; 1,000 RVs; +/- 4.%). (At­lanta Journ­al Con­sti­tu­tion)

Con­gres­sion­al Lead­er­ship Fund re­leased a new ad as part of its “$7 mil­lion in­de­pend­ent ex­pendit­ure cam­paign.” The first half of the spot ties Os­soff to House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and says they would sup­port “big­ger gov­ern­ment we can’t af­ford,” while the second half touts Han­del. (re­lease)

MT-AL: Rep.-elect Greg Gi­an­forte (R) “is ex­pec­ted to plead no con­test to a charge of mis­de­mean­or as­sault on Monday at 10 a.m. in Gal­lat­in County Justice Court.” (Montana Stand­ard)

SC-05: Pre-spe­cial re­ports were due Thursday, cov­er­ing April 27 through May 31. Former state Rep. Ral­ph Nor­man (R) raised $601,000 over that peri­od, in­clud­ing a $190,000 per­son­al loan. He spent $555,000. (FEC) Tax at­tor­ney Arch­ie Par­nell (D) took in $520,000, in­clud­ing a $205,000 per­son­al loan, and spent $453,000. (FEC) “A for­um planned for Monday has been can­celed be­cause” Nor­man “will not at­tend, ac­cord­ing to AARP, which planned to host the event at Win­throp Uni­versity.” Only Par­nell had said he would at­tend. (Columbia State)

IL GOV: Bil­lion­aire J.B. Pritzker (R) gave his cam­paign $7 mil­lion on Monday, ac­cord­ing to a dis­clos­ure re­leased Thursday. That brings his total self-fund­ing to over $14 mil­lion. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

“The on­go­ing fight between mem­bers of the Cali­for­nia Demo­crat­ic Party es­cal­ated Thursday, when Rich­mond res­id­ent Kim­berly El­lis — who nar­rowly lost a race to chair the party — filed a form­al chal­lenge to con­test last month’s res­ults.” (San Fran­cisco Chron­icle)

“South Car­o­lina Rep. Trey Gowdy was se­lec­ted by the Re­pub­lic­an Steer­ing Com­mit­tee on Thursday to be the next chair­man of the House Over­sight and Gov­ern­ment Re­form Com­mit­tee. … The se­lec­tion will be rat­i­fied by the full GOP con­fer­ence on Tues­day.” (Roll Call)

After the House passed a bill Thursday to roll back fin­an­cial reg­u­la­tions, “Demo­crat­ic polit­ic­al or­gan­iz­a­tions such as Amer­ic­an Bridge are hop­ing to make vul­ner­able House Re­pub­lic­ans pay for their votes at the polls in the 2018 midterm elec­tions. The group is rolling out di­git­al ad­vert­ise­ments in 14 con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts on Fri­day to as­sail law­makers who voted to change Dodd-Frank.” (New York Times)

“¯\_(ツ)_/¯” — Ari­zona Dia­mond­backs, in re­sponse to Sen. John Mc­Cain (R-AZ) blam­ing his line of ques­tion­ing dur­ing the James Comey hear­ing on a late night watch­ing the team. (Twit­ter)

“New York Times stands by Story James Comey called in­to ques­tion” (CNN)

“Sen. Marco Ru­bio (R-Fla.) was hav­ing an un­usu­al day on the Trump In­ter­net, in that most of the pres­id­ent’s most ar­dent sup­port­ers didn’t seem to hate his guts.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

“A year with some good de­tect­ives taught me that of­ten WHAT ISN’T SAID is the ac­tu­al tell.” — The Wire cre­at­or Dav­id Si­mon, on Trump not ask­ing Comey wheth­er Rus­sia in­terfered. (Twit­ter)

“At the mo­ment, on May 9th, when Pres­id­ent Trump ab­ruptly fired … Comey, Trump was not un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion. He very well may be un­der in­vest­ig­a­tion now.” (New York­er) “The biggest story of the day is how un­likely this is to re­main the biggest story. In all like­li­hood, after the Twit­ter­sphere dies down, par­tis­ans will re­treat to their re­spect­ive corners and busi­ness as usu­al will re­turn to Wash­ing­ton.” (The At­lantic)

Theresa May will vis­it Buck­ing­ham Palace at 12:30 BST to seek per­mis­sion to form a UK gov­ern­ment, des­pite los­ing her Com­mons ma­jor­ity. The prime min­is­ter is at­tempt­ing to stay in of­fice on the un­der­stand­ing that the Demo­crat­ic Uni­on­ist Party will sup­port her minor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion.” (BBC)

Rob Miller, a can­did­ate for Utah Demo­crat­ic Party chair­man fa­cing ac­cus­a­tions of sexu­al har­ass­ment, dropped out of the race early Thursday and also said he’s leav­ing the party.” (Salt Lake Tribune)

“For months, Miami Beach Com­mis­sion­er Mi­chael Grieco in­sisted he was not in­volved in a mys­ter­i­ous polit­ic­al group rais­ing money from de­velopers, lob­by­ists and city vendors, just as he launched a sur­ging cam­paign for may­or. … Grieco’s fin­ger­prints might not be all over the PAC, but his hand­writ­ing ap­pears to be.” (Miami Her­ald)

“Among NBA own­ers, [Edu­ca­tion Sec­ret­ary] Betsy De­Vos’s fath­er-in-law tops donors” (Cen­ter for Re­spons­ive Polit­ics)

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