Afternoon Fix: Bachmann adviser knocks Palin
Harry Reid wants Anthony Weiner to call someone else, Ed Rollins says Sarah Palin hasn’t been serious, Evan Bayh is lobbying for the Chamber of Commerce, and Newt Gingrich is back on the campaign trail.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Strategist Ed Rollins, who just signed on with Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, is now taking on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. “Sarah has not been serious over the last couple of years,” Rollins said on a radio show. “She got the vice presidential thing handed to her, she didn't go to work in the sense of trying to gain more substance, she gave up her governorship.” Bachmann, on the other hand, has “worked hard.” Bachmann herself has appeared with Palin and called her a friend, but hiring Rollins could mean a more combative attitude.
* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) repeatedly deflected questions about Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) today. “I wish there was someway I could defend him but I can't,” Reid said in response to the scandal surrounding his colleague. Asked what he would tell Weiner if the congressman asked for advice, Reid replied, “Call somebody else.” Weiner will likely face a House ethics investigation over the sexually explicit messages he sent a number of women.
* Two Republicans vying to be mayor of Miami-Dade are distancing themselves from Florida’s unpopular GOP governor, Rick Scott. Asked who they supported in last year’s gubernatorial race, both Carlos Gimenez and Julio Robaina said Bill McCollum — who Scott defeated in a primary. Both said they were unhappy with Scott’s tenure thus far, and Gimenez said that in the general election, he voted for Democrat Alex Sink.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) will formally declare his candidacy for governor tomorrow, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. Democratic incumbent Gov. Chris Gregoire is not expected to seek a third term. McKenna is considered the frontrunner in the GOP primary, but Rep. Dave Reichert is also considering a bid. On the Democratic side, Rep. Jay Inslee and state Treasurer Jim McIntire are both widely expected to run.
* Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is moving closer to challenging Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) in next year’s Republican primary. “I have increasing clarity and I’m leaning towards doing it,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “A lot of the problems the country is having are tied to things he voted for.” A Hatch spokeswoman called the comment “extremely disappointing.”
* Jon Huntsman is scheduled to hold a fundraiser in D.C. next week through his political action committee, H PAC. The Tuesday evening event, targeting “young professionals,” will be held on the rooftop patio of an office building in Penn Quarter. In an interview with the National Review published today, Huntsman reiterated his plan to skip the Iowa caucuses, because he opposes ethanol subsidies. He says his position makes it hard to compete unless “you are a next-door neighbor and you’ve developed political ties there.” (Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty opposes ethanol subsidies and has been spending a lot of time in Iowa).
* After about two weeks off the campaign trail, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will be in New Hampshire tomorrow, where he will sign a deficit reduction pledge. Later that day, he and his wife will attend a screening of his film about Pope John Paul II, “Nine Days that Changed the World.” Gingrich’s last public event was a May 27 lunch in South Carolina.
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