This week we bring you our second edition of The Friday Five – five political events and other happenings to keep an eye on this weekend. Did we miss something? If you’ve got a suggestion or tip, leave it below or send it to email@example.com.
5. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has insisted he’s not going anywhere — and polling shows that his district supports him staying in office. But as we’ve noted, that decision involves not only Weiner but also national Democrats.
Media attention to the scandal — which died down Thursday afternoon, amid Newt Gingrich’s campaign woes and Friday, as Sarah Palin’s e-mails were released by the state of Alaska — looks likely to ramp back up again Monday when the House returns after a week-long recess. If Weiner is planning on resigning, or if national Democrats are turning up the pressure on him to do so, this weekend would seem to be the moment.
4. The Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Capital Hilton on 16th and K Streets. The topic: consideration of 23 state Delegation Selection Plans for the 2012 national convention in Charlotte. 2012 campaign junkies, take note.
3. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his wife, ABC7 reporter Gail Huff, participate in a discussion on “Inside Media: Politics and Media.” The event, hosted by the Newseum, begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
2. Two GOP presidential hopefuls hit the Sunday shows this weekend. Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty sits down for an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” and former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) appears on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
1. “Meet the Press” also hosts a debate between Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The Sunday appearance will mark the first time that the two party leaders are butting heads on national TV. That Priebus will raise the Weiner scandal is practically a given; how will Wasserman Schultz respond?