CA GOV: Gov. Jerry Brown (D) officially threw his support behind Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in Sacramento on Wednesday.
Brown: “There’s a time for an old guy and there’s a time for a young guy. There’s a time [for a guy] with a no hair on the top of your head, there’s a time for a guy with really nice hair on the top of his head. I was the right man at the right time. Right now Gavin Newsom is the right man at the right time.” (AP)
Newsom: “We still have work to do. This election is not over. The next five months we’ve got to double down, not just for the top of the ticket. We will work hard to elect Democrats at every level of government … and, yes, take back Congress and put [Rep.] Nancy Pelosi back in the speakership.” (Los Angeles Times)
MD GOV: A PAC called Friends of Earth Action made a six-figure ad buy supporting former NAACP President Ben Jealous (D) that will begin airing Friday. The spot focuses on Jealous’ commitment to environmental protection, especially highlighting his time as a journalist covering chemical manufacturing. See the full ad here. (release)
MI GOV: Rep. Tim Walberg (R) endorsed state Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) on Wednesday.
Walberg: “I support Bill Schuette because he honorably served as our state as Attorney General and, as our next governor, I am confident Bill will keep Michigan’s focus on growing the economy and paychecks of our families across the state.” (release)
NE GOV: Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) will meet with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday during a roundtable discussion at the Nebraska Farm Bureau. The talk, which will include agriculture leaders, will concern the Waters of the U.S. rule. (Lincoln Journal Star)
NH GOV: Former state Sen. Molly Kelly (D) was endorsed by the New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association.
Megan Tuttle, NEA-NH president: “Molly Kelly has always been a champion for public school education, and we enthusiastically support her to be our next governor. Instead of pushing a school voucher program that would weaken public schools, we know Molly will work to strengthen public education, support teachers and ensure every child can earn a quality education.” (WMUR)
NY GOV: New York’s black voters have a “heightened sense of empowerment this year, especially amid a nationwide reckoning in the Democratic Party around race and identity.a nationwide reckoning in the Democratic Party around race and identity.”
“For many black voters across New York, election season brings familiar markers: a sudden flurry of outreach from candidates, vows of friendship and petitions for support. This year’s Democratic primary for governor has been no exception.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) rival, actress Cynthia Nixon (D), “faces an uphill climb to a primary victory in September.”
“To better her odds, Ms. Nixon would need to winnow Mr. Cuomo’s strong support among black voters, who turned out in disproportionately large numbers in the 2014 primary, according to exit polls. But her challenge is significant: A Siena College poll released on Wednesday showed that among African-Americans likely to vote in November, the governor leads Ms. Nixon, 74 percent to 17 percent.”
“Jewel Williams, president of the Westchester Black Women’s Political Caucus, said she had never seen black voters’ priorities spark more conversation or receive more recognition.” (New York Times)
PA GOV: Gov. Tom Wolf (D) led former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R) 48-29 percent in a Franklin & Marshall College poll, with 23 percent undecided (June 4-10; 472 RVs; +/-7%). (release)
The Wolf campaign released a video featuring the governor and his running mate Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (D). The video references the FXX show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and features Wolf taking Fetterman to a store to buy him a tie.
Wagner will join Vice President Mike Pence in Philadelphia next week for a Republican Governors Association fundraiser. The event will take place at the Rittenhouse Hotel with some contributions expected to be as high as $50,000. “While Wagner has recently tried to soften his combative tone, his appearance with Pence would reinforce his links to Trump. The president won Pennsylvania in a major 2016 upset and remains popular in parts of the state but has struggled in polls in Philadelphia and its vote-rich suburbs.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
RI GOV: Rep. John Lewis (D) “says he didn’t know his friend was running against Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) when he endorsed her in the race.” He “says he would have remained neutral or endorsed” former Secretary of State Matt Brown (D) “who he called a ‘very, very good friend,’ if he knew.”
“Lewis says the people who asked him to endorse the governor didn’t tell him Brown was running. He declined to identify who approached him. The Georgia congressman said he wasn’t formally rescinding his support for Raimondo.” (AP)
SC GOV: Gov. Henry McMaster (R) made a six-figure ad buy, the first of his two-week runoff against businessman John Warren. The ad touts the state’s economy and hiss pro-life stances, and features a clip of Trump complimenting him.
McMaster also announced he will take part in a debate against businessman John Warren (R), scheduled for less than a week before the June 26 runoff. (release)
Warren has received the endorsement of his former competitors, former state cabinet member Catherine Templeton (R) and Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant (R). (AP)