Vice President Mike Pence is set to campaign this week for Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE 02), Andy Barr (R-KY 06), and NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers (R-OH 15).
He “will travel to Kentucky on Wednesday to campaign for … Barr, who faces a potentially tough reelection fight in 2018, and participate in another America First Policies event on tax cuts. On Friday, Pence will travel to Ohio for another America First Policies event on taxes in Cleveland and campaign for” Stivers. (Politico) “Pence also plans to appear at a fundraiser for … Bacon, who is in a hotly contested race for re-election, but no date has been announced.” (Omaha.com)
MONEY RACE. “Speaker Paul Ryan’s PAC will make its largest one-time transfer of the year, giving $715,000 to 143 members of the GOP House Majority for their 2018 campaigns.” (Axios)
PRIMARY BATTLE. “[A]t California’s recent state convention, Kyle Layman, the DCCC’s top staffer for the west coast, suggested” the DCCC’s attack on activist Laura Moser (D) in TX-07 “wouldn’t be the last such intervention, according to multiple sources familiar with the message he shared.”
“In at least four districts so far — the 39th, 45th, 48th, and 49th — the nightmare scenario of no Democrat on a general election ballot is possible, and it is consuming staff at DCCC headquarters, according to candidates and other operatives who’ve spoken with them.” (The Intercept)
DC LIFE. “Not all D.C. connections are the same. Unlike Moser, who was a journalist and activist who once suggested she’d never want to move back to her grandparents’ hometown in Texas, many of this year’s Democratic challengers, including veterans, lived in D.C. because they worked at the Pentagon or the State Department.”
“The Congressional Leadership Fund expects to attack at least three former D.C. residents —” former Defense Department officials Dan Feehan in MN-01, and Elissa Slotkin in MI-08 and former State Department official Tom Malinowski (D) in NJ-07 “— as part of a broader narrative that they don’t have strong enough ties to their districts. America Rising, a GOP research firm, found that these three Democrats have received the D.C. homestead tax deduction, which applies to principal residences of District homeowners.” (Roll Call)
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