CA GOV: NARAL Pro-Choice California Privacy PAC endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
President of NARAL Pro-Choice America Ilyse Hogue: “We are so excited to endorse Gavin Newsom who has been a steadfast advocate of every woman’s right to make decisions about her own body and decide her own destiny. Now more than ever, we need leaders who will fight back against anti-choice extremists who share Donald Trump’s backwards worldview." (release)
GA GOV: Vice President Mike Pence “will headline a rally for Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s (R) campaign for governor in Macon on Saturday, giving the Republican another boost ahead of next week’s runoff against Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R).”
“The middle Georgia area surrounding Macon has been targeted by the Kemp campaign as a key pickup opportunity in the lead-up to next week’s runoff. Cagle carried Bibb County in May’s primary with 35 percent of the vote, compared to Kemp’s 26 percent.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
KS GOV: Businessman Greg Orman (I) is distancing himself from comments made about state Sen. Laura Kelly’s (D) work history by someone with ties to the campaign. Scott Poor, who is one of the directors of Orman for Kansas, Inc., made disparaging remarks about Kelly’s time as a recreational therapist asking, “Was Laura certified to work with the monkey bars as well as the teeter totter?” and claiming she never had a “real job.”
“Orman spokesman Sam Edelen issued a statement that said Poor wasn’t a member of the campaign staff and didn’t speak for Orman.”
Edelen: “Greg Orman does not agree with Scott Poor’s comments, either in tone or substance. He’s an attorney who incorporated the Orman for Kansas committee and provides continuing legal advice, the same services he’s providing other candidates this cycle, including a Democratic candidate for secretary of state.” (Topeka Capital-Journal)
NE GOV: State Sen. Bob Krist (D) disapproves of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ (R) proposed debate schedule, pushing instead for five televised debates. Currently, there are three events on the books, one official televised debate at the Nebraska State Fair and two joint candidate appearances in Wayne and Omaha.
Krist: "It is beneath the dignity of the office of governor for Pete Ricketts to deny Nebraskans the opportunity to see and hear our ideas of how we would serve if elected. He should not be allowed to hide from his record."
Ricketts campaign communication director Matthew Trail called Krist’s complaint “a beleaguered tactic from a failing campaign” and said that all the events are open to the press and the public.
Trail: "Governor Ricketts has held 59 town halls since becoming governor, participated in countless public appearances all across the state and visited each of Nebraska's 93 counties." (Lincoln Journal Star)
PA GOV: During a town hall event at a VFW Hall in Glenside, former state Sen. Scott Wagner (R) called an 18-year-old volunteer with Sunrise Movement, a group focused on the issue of climate change, “young and naive.”
Rose Strauss, the volunteer, responded: “You’ve said that climate change is a result of people’s body heat, and are refusing to take action on the issue. Does this have anything to do with the $200,000 that you have taken from the fossil fuel industry?”
In response, Wagner said, ““Rose, I appreciate you being here. You’re 18 years old. You’re a little young and naive.”
He added, “Are we here to elect a governor, or are we here to elect a scientist? I’m here to be the governor.”
“He said ‘climate change is important’ and then pivoted to the prevalence of sinkholes in Harrisburg and the city’s aging infrastructure, which he said was causing raw sewage to contaminate the Susquehanna River. Wagner said that issue was more important to him than climate change.” (Philly.com)
TN GOV: Rep. Diane Black (R) does not tout her gender in her bid for governor, despite the fact that she would be Tennessee’s first woman to lead the state if elected.
Black: “I’ve never run as a female candidate. I think, for me, I have always felt that it was best to just run as a good candidate… to let my credential speak instead of anything about my gender. … I don’t even go around talking about it because I don’t want anybody to think that is the main purpose that I’m running or that I think that is going to help me win.”
Black “went by ‘chairman’ when she became the first head of the House Budget Committee.” (Politico)
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