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Boulton Suspends Campaign After Misconduct Allegations Surface

Newsom leads his opponents, as Meg Whitman backs Villaraigosa.

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Nia Prater and Madelaine Pisani
May 24, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

AL GOV: “An internal poll conducted by The Tarrance Group on behalf of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s (R) campaign finds her leading the rest of the Republican primary field by 40 points. The poll found Ivey with 58 percent support, followed by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle with 18 percent, Republican Scott Dawson at 7 percent and Alabama state Sen. Bill Hightower at 5 percent. Another 12 percent said they were undecided.” (Politico)

AR GOV: Gun rights advocate Jan Morgan (R) had indicated that she has no intentions of endorsing Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) after losing the Republican Party nomination to him. “Morgan has been vocal about not endorsing Gov. Hutchinson, a statement she stands by, ‘I am not prepared to endorse Asa, you know, the governor would have to prove to me that he is going to follow through with some of the conservative things he has been saying on the campaign trail. It’s hard to look at his history the past four years and believe that he is suddenly going to change. Right now, I’ve heard a lot of talk, what I would have to do, is know that he has heard the people of this state, and he is truly ready to make some changes,’ Morgan said.” (KATV)

AZ GOV: In addition to endorsing former state associate schools superintendent David Garcia (D), the local chapter of AFSCME has also endorsed state Sen. Steve Farley (D). (release)

CA GOV: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) leads his opponents in both parties in a new poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California. Newsom hold 25 percent among likely voters followed by businessman John Cox (R) with 19 percent, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) with 15 percent, state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R) with 11 percent, state Treasurer John Chiang (D) with 9 percent and former state Superintendent Delaine Eastin (D) with 6 percent. (May 11-20; 1,702 RVs; +/-3) 15 percent of respondents said they were undecided. (release)

Former Hew­lett Pack­ard CEO Meg Whit­man (R) endorsed Villaraigosa for governor. Whitman is co-hosting a fundraiser for Villaraigosa on Thursday. “Tickets for the fundraiser cost from 1,000 to $25,000, according to an invitation obtained by The Times. Other co-hosts include Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, who has donated $7 million to an independent expenditure group supporting Villaraigosa; former state Controller Steve Westly, who spent more than $35 million on his unsuccessful 2006 gubernatorial bid; and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.” (Los Angeles Times)

IA GOV: State Sen. Nate Boulton (D) suspended his campaign Thursday in light of recent claims of sexual harassment against him. Boulton, in a statement: “These last 48 hours have been trying. I again offer an apology to those whom I have harmed in any way. It is my hope there is some positive that can come from this moment as we strive to be the better people we can be in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. I know that will be my task moving on from here.” (release)

Three women had accused him of sexual misconduct, including groping and inappropriate physical contact. Boulton did not deny the allegations Wednesday: “I am not going to offer any additional context to this, other than to say if someone’s perspective is that it was inappropriate and I crossed a line and I misread a situation in a social setting, I do apologize.” (Des Moines Register)

Three fellow candidates, former state Party Chairman Andy McGuire (D), local union head Cathy Glasson (D), former Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn (D), as well as the Republican Party of Iowa had previously called for Boulton to discontinue his bid for governor of Iowa. (Des Moines Register)

In a past interview with Dave Price of WHO-TV, Boulton had claimed that his campaign would not be subject to similar sexual harassment claims that other politicians have faced.
“’Can you tell Iowans that you can assure them that you would not face any kind of inappropriate accusations, credible allegations, all those kind of things, as a leader?’ Price asked.”

“’No, there’s nothing like that,’ Boulton said. ‘But I will say I’ve taken the extra step of making sure that I’ve stood up for victims. I’ve done that as a workers’ rights attorney for 12 years for victims of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace.’” (Des Moines Register)

Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said that she intends to release at “least five years of her family’s income tax returns, following the practice of former Gov. Terry Branstad (R).”

Reynolds: “I think that is the right thing to do, and so we will be transparent and open and we will be doing that shortly.” (Des Moines Register)

MD GOV: Gov. Larry Hogan (R) reported raising “more than $1 million in roughly a month this spring, bringing [his and his running mate’s] campaign cash total to more than $9 million … [he] now has more than twice as much cash as all of the seven major Democratic Party candidates combined.”

“‘In what could be a bad year for Republicans, holding onto a governorship in a blue state would be a significant win. Of course, once there is a Democratic nominee, the money will start pouring in there, too.’ said St. Mary’s College of Maryland political scientist Todd Eberly.” (Baltimore Sun)

Hogan will also be placing his first TV ad buy, with a start date scheduled for June 12 (Medium Buying)

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker (D) is also running a new ad campaign, which he released Wednesday on social media and can be viewed here. The spot features Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) and touts Baker’s recent Washington Post Editorial Board endorsement. The ad will run in Montgomery county starting May 28th and another ad will be released for the Baltimore media market later this week.

NY GOV: Actress Cynthia Nixon (D) predictably did not secure a place on the primary ballot, winning only 5 percent of delegate votes at the state Democratic convention Wednesday. “Hillary Clinton endorsed” Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “in a brief address to delegates, shortly after 95% of them voted earlier to nominate the governor for a third term. Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to do the same on Thursday.” (CNN)

SD GOV: Rep. Kristi Noem (R) released a new televisionTV ad featuring her children who take turns outlining her “Four Pillars of Protection,” which include “protecting South Dakotans from tax increases, government growth, federal intrusion, and government secrecy.” (South Dakota War College)

State Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) also released a statewide TV ad Wednesday. In “Vision,” he lays out his priorities for South Dakota. The ad was released after his campaign announced that Jackley outraised Noem by more than $163,000 since she announced her candidacy in November 2016. (release)

SC GOV: Gov. Henry McMaster (R), Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R), mortgage company executive John Warren (R), former state cabinet official Catherine Templeton (R), and former Lt. Gov. Yancey McGill (R) met at a debate held at Clemson University Wednesday evening. This marked the first time that McMaster has faced his Republican challengers in a debate setting. Warren is proud of his lack of political experience and, instead, touted his military past, saying “Who on this stage do you want to protect you when your life is in danger?. We need a Marine.”

“All five candidates tried to out-do each other on their anti-abortion stances. Bryant — who, as a senator, sponsored bills making virtually all abortions illegal in South Carolina — challenged McMaster’s assertion that he ‘defunded Planned Parenthood’ through an executive order.”

“McMaster agreed his request requires federal permission, which his order directed the state’s Medicaid agency to seek. That request is still in a required public comment phase.” Bryant: “Let’s not wait on permission from Washington.” (Charleston Post and Courier)

TN GOV: The Tennessee Education Association formally endorsed state House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh for governor Wednesday. A political action committee affiliated with Randy Boyd supporters, Tennessee Jobs Now, has sponsored an ad attacking Rep. Diane Black (R) for “her support for a budget measure related to border security when she was in the state legislature.”

“The ad also highlights the fact that earlier this year Black voted against a bill that contained some funding for border security.” It began running in TV stations across Tennessee on Wednesday. (Nashville Tennessean)

TX GOV: “When asked on Wednesday what her priorities are as she heads into the general election, [former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe] Valdez (D) said she wanted to focus on ‘kitchen table issues that keep folks up at night.’”

Valdez: “Our children have to be able to compete with the global economy and Texas is the 40th in education in the states. And of course, there’s health care. One in six Texans don’t have health care. We’re the most uninsured state in the U.S.” (New York Times)
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has said that he could potentially support “stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons.”

“‘We have one goal … making sure we’re going to keep to our students, our schools, our communities safer,’ without limiting the right to bear arms, Abbott said.” (AP)

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