CA GOV: Businessman John Cox (R), on the family separation border policy: “I’m against separating parents and children. I’m a father. I have four daughters. That’s a congressional problem, and I hope that we get a congressional solution very soon.” (Los Angeles Times)
MA GOV: “In a sudden reversal, Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) administration on Monday canceled its plan to send Massachusetts National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border in light of the federal government’s ‘inhumane practice’ of separating undocumented children from their families.”
“The Baker administration downplayed its cooperation with the Trump administration’s border security efforts when it was announced, noting that the request for resources and personnel was relatively small and that Massachusetts has assisted with border operations for both Democrat and Republican presidents. Massachusetts National Guardsmen were activated to support Operation Jump Start under President George W. Bush from 2006 to 2008 and Operation Phalanx under President Obama.” (WBUR)
MD GOV: “Gov. Larry Hogan (R) is lapping the Democratic field at the close of the fundraising books ahead of the June 26 primaries, as he is sitting on close to $10 million in cash for his re-election bid compared with about $600,000 for his nearest potential competitors.” (Washington Times)
Hogan released a 30-second TV ad Monday focused on education. The ad will air on broadcast and cable and is part of the governor’s $1.3 million primary media buy. (release)
“Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) may not be endorsing his own son’s congressional bid, but he rallied on a hot Monday night in Maryland to fire up voters for” former NAACP President Ben Jealous’s (D) “campaign for governor.”
Sanders: “I am proud to be here because Ben is one of those leaders who is not going to be nibbling around the edges, but understands we have got to transform the economic and political life of this country.” (AP)
PA GOV: Former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R) invokes his business background in a new digital ad: “When I become governor, the people are my customers. And I learned a long time ago in my businesses you have to go out and ask the customer how they are doing.” Wagner also talks about the need to fix deteriorating school buildings in Philadelphia. (release)
Wagner is in favor of raising Pennsylvania’s $7.25 minimum wage but believes Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) proposal to raise the wage to $12 is too much.
“Instead, Wagner favors a wage in the $8.75 to $9.50 range. At that level, Wagner said, there’s less risk that employers in the service sector will replace workers with automation. As state Senator, Wagner introduced a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour by 2020. He said he could support a rate as high as $9.50 an hour because, according to him, most businesses already pay more.”
Wagner: “They understand that they can’t hire people at minimum wage and I think we need to get the conversation over with.” (WESA-FM)
RI GOV: A new ad from outside group Rhode Island Forward hit the airwaves Monday targeting Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) for “mismanagement and incompetence.” The ad is running across the state.
Rhode Island Forward spokesman Brian Walsh: “Rhode Island taxpayers are already paying the price for Gina Raimondo’s failure to lead as Governor and the question before them this November is if they can really afford four more years of mismanagement and incompetence.” (Hotline reporting)
SC GOV: Rep. Ralph Norman (R) endorsed businessman John Warren (R) over Gov. Henry McMaster (R) in the June 26 runoff. Norman had previously given his support to former state cabinet member Catherine Templeton (R) who, after losing in the Republican primary, has since backed Warren herself.
Norman: “John Warren will shake up this system in Columbia. He fits right into the mold of President Trump: He’s a self-made man who understands business and he’s got the establishment politicians running for cover.” (AP)
Warren lays out his vision for South Carolina in a new ad, including holding politicians accountable for every spent tax dollar, being pro-life and pro-Second Amendment, and ending corruption in Columbia. Warren ends the ad by saying, “As governor, I’ll finish what Nikki Haley started.” (release)
McMaster received a call from President Trump during a press conference in North Charleston on Monday. This comes as both McMaster and Warren have attempted to play up their ties to the president as the date for their June runoff approaches.
“The call was first answered by McMaster campaign spokeswoman Caroline Anderegg from across the room. She audibly said for the entire room to hear, ‘Yes, he’s available.’ Three seconds later, McMaster, who was not near the phone at the time said, ‘Oh, that’s the president — believe it or not.’” McMaster stepped away for about 10 minutes to take the call.
When asked if the timing of the call was intentional, Anderegg said, “You know we can’t control what the president does.” (Charleston Post and Courier)
TN GOV: House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh (D) announced his campaign’s first ad buy Monday. The ad shows Fitzhugh on his high school football field where he played on one of the South’s first integrated teams. The 30-second spot will begin airing statewide Tuesday as well as on Fitzhugh’s social media channels. (release)
WY GOV: Megadonor Foster Friess (R) chose John Spina, a reporter with the Jackson Hole News & Guide, to be his campaign’s communications director.
Friess chose Spina after reading one of his articles, which was focused on Friess: “I was so impressed by his understanding of complex issues facing the state and local governments and his ability to simply articulate them. I offered him the job of director of communications the day after the article ran.” (Jackson Hole News & Guide)