Former University of Miami President Donna Shalala (D) isn’t ruling out a potential run for retiring Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s (R) seat. “For now, she’s not saying. She declined to respond to text messages and voice mails left on her cellphone Monday and Tuesday.”
“Shalala, who turns 77 next month, would instantly alter the dynamics of the election, which has attracted a large Democratic primary field. A political consultant for a candidate in the race said Monday evening that her candidacy would be a ‘game-changer.’ She has close ties to Clintonworld.”
“Still, her candidacy wouldn’t be flawless. During her university presidency, an athletics department scandal erupted involving booster Nevin Shapiro and the university’s football team. Also under her watch, the university riled environmentalists by selling 88 acres of rare pine rockland to a developer planning to build a Walmart, and controversially decided to buy Cedars Medical Center.” (Miami Herald)
“One of the candidates in the district,” Miami Beach City Commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez (D), “said she’s not going anywhere, whether Shalala runs or not. Rosen Gonzalez said that Shalala represents more of the ‘elite’ of the party and not the working-class residents of the district, whom she says she represents. Rosen Gonzalez said other candidates more reliant on insider support, such as” former Judge Mary Barzee Flores (D) and former Knight Foundation Director Matt Haggman (D), “have more to worry about. … Haggman’s campaign said he’s staying in the race. … Barzee Flores’ campaign declined to comment.” (Politico)
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Bill Cosby has been sentenced to no less than three and no more than 10 years in Pennsylvania prison. "Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O’Neill announced the sentence Tuesday. He also said Cosby must pay a $25,000 fine and the costs of prosecution. O’Neill also ruled Tuesday morning that Cosby should be designated as a sexually violent predator."
California Rep. Pete Aguilar has announced that he plans to run for Democratic Caucus vice chair. "Aguilar, whip for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is probably best known for his efforts to find a legislative solution for so-called Dreamers," and will face "Massachusetts Rep. Katherine Clark, who announced her plans to run for the position in July. The vice chair role will be open next year because its current occupant, California Rep. Linda Sánchez is running for caucus chair against yet another California Democrat, Rep. Barbara Lee."
Rod Rosenstein had a draft of his resignation letter sent to the White House on Monday, but did not resign his post. In the letter, Rosenstein states he is confident that Solicitor General Noel Francisco will lead the special counsel investigation "with a commitment to justice," and that his Chief of Staff Matt Whitaker will "instill confidence and uphold the integrity" of the Department of Justice as acting Deputy Attorney General. Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with President Trump on Thursday morning.