Afternoon Fix: Christie trips to shore questioned
More helicopter trouble for Christie, David Wu’s resignation letter, Kerry is running again and RNC decides against punishment.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s helicopter use is under scrutiny again. A list released by his office of all the chopper trips does not include any flights to the governor’s shore house, but the Courier-Post obtained flight records showing multiple trips. Christie (R) was criticized for using the helicopter to fly to his son’s baseball games. Side note: The governor of New Jersey gets an executive beach mansion. No wonder he hates Jersey Shore.
* Former Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) is officially out of office. “There is no other job where you get up each day and ask, ‘How can I try to make the world a better place today?’” Wu wrote in his handwritten resignation letter. Oregon Democratic State Senator Suzanne Bonamici also joined a primary field that includes state Rep. Brad Witt and Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
* Congressional candidate and Sunland Park mayor Martin Resendiz (D) might be rethinking his bid against Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.). The New Mexico border town leader says he was drunk when he signed a questionable contract with a California architecture firm that is now suing Sunland Park for $1 million. “The day I signed, I had way too much to drink. It was after 5 p.m.,” the mayor said. “My sister had to pick me up.”
* Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is running for reelection in 2014, tamping down rumors that he is angling to be appointed secretary of state should President Obama win a second term. “This is the job I want,” he told reporters. “This is the job I’m enjoying doing.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still plans to step down after one term.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* The liberal strategy group Campaign for America’s Future is teaming up with Van Jones and MoveOn.org for its annual “Take Back America” conference, coming up on Oct. 3rd in Washington. Jones, a former White House official, is attempting to help form a “liberal tea party” based around the the idea of the American Dream.
* Jerry Perenchio, former chairman of the Spanish-language television network Univision and a major Bush-era GOP donor, is joining the campaign of former Utah governor Jon Huntsman. It’s a bit of good news on a very bad news day for the candidate.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an ‘Accountability August’ campaign targeting 44 House Republicans with radio ads, billboards, gas station ads, community meetings, door-to-door canvasses, phone banks, and automated calls. The ads accuse Republicans of voting to “end Medicare.” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) himself is one target, along with many freshmen and members in marginal districts. National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Paul Lindsay called the line of attack “pathetic demagoguery.”
* The Republican National Committee is not punishing states that jump the primary calendar — not yet, anyway. At a summer meeting in Tampa, the rules committee tabled a resolution that would give Arizona and Florida delegates bad hotel rooms, bad seats and fewer guest passes at next year’s convention if they go ahead with plans to schedule early primaries. That resolution has been tabled until January.
* A whole host of veterans might be headed to Congress from Northern Virginia. Ben Pershing reports on three military men vying for spots in Congress: Retired Army Col. Chris Perkins (R) is aiming to unseat Rep. Gerald Connolly (D), and retired Air Force Gen. John Douglass (D) is challenging Rep. Frank Wolf (R). Retired Army Col. Patrick Murray (R) is thinking of trying again against Rep. James Moran Jr. (D).
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