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Afternoon Fix: Bachmann wishes she’d Googled Rollins

at 05:10 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Michele Bachmann and Ed Rollins wish they had googled each other, House Democrats are after 9-9-9, the GOP convention has a logo and another Redskins alum could be in Congress.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Lesson of the day: Everyone should Google everyone. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) wishes she’d looked up ex-campaign manager Ed Rollins before hiring him — then she would know that he has a reputation for trash-talking his former employers. Rollins shot back that if he’d Googled Bachmann, he would have known she has a tendency to run through staff.

* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is trying to tie House lawmakers to presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 proposal, asking if vulnerable members “support the Republican frontrunner’s plan.” Press releases went out in the districts of 40 members.

* Another headache for Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R)? The likely gubernatorial candidate has a $1,441 expenditure for the Sky Hotel in Aspen on his campaign finance report. He spent two nights at the luxury hotel in July.

* The Republican National Convention’s planning committee has unveiled its 2012 logo and launched a website for the Tampa event. It features an elephant in front of the Florida waves. Democrats released their logo on Twitter last month, a donkey-free update on the ‘O’ Obama logo.

* A mercenary-for-hire who fought communism in Asia, Africa and Latin America is now gunning for the U.S. Senate. Thomas Bleming will run against Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in the Republican primary next year. While he’s campaigning as a Republican, Bleming says he diverges from the party on many issues — for example, he backs a universal health-care system.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson (R) is definitely running for Senate, but he won’t make a formal announcement until next spring. “I want to go around the state and meet the people, like I always did,” he told a local reporter.

* Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is out with his first ad in the Democratic primary for ex-Rep. David Wu’s seat. “I’m ticked off about what’s going on,” Avakian says in the ad. “These tea party Republicans trying to end Medicare and roll back the clock on women? It’s crazy.” The special election for this Portland-area seat is set for Jan. 31; the primary is on Nov. 8. State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici has outraised Avakian in the primary, and she’s been on the air for a few weeks.

* Former NFL wide receiver Jimmy Farris will challenge freshman Rep. Raul Labrador (R) in Idaho’s 1st district next year. Farris’ seven-season pro career included stints with the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins. It’s a pretty red district, so Farris faces an uphill battle.

* There’s a debate in Las Vegas tonight, and that mean’s we’ll be liveblogging on The Fix, starting at 7:30 pm eastern time. Bring all your 9-9-9 drinking games. In the meantime, here’s what to watch for.

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