Afternoon Fix: Craig Miller might get in Florida Senate race

at 05:49 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Craig Miller is considering a Senate run, Harry Reid is planning a vote on the Ryan budget, Sharron Angle is running as a Republican and Obama is raising money in NYC.

Make sure to sign up to get "Afternoon Fix" in your e-mail inbox every day by 5 (ish) p.m.!

EARLIER ON THE FIX:

Nevada governor to appoint Heller to Ensign’s seat

A space for Republicans on Afghanistan

Obama’s birth certificate gambit and Trump’s role

White House releases detailed birth certificate

Latino turnout squanders chance at being key voting bloc

FIRST ON THE FIX:

* Former Ruth's Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller is considering joining the GOP Senate primary in Florida. Miller finished third in a close congressional primary against now-Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) last year and is looking at joining the crowded GOP field running against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.). “I’ve talked to advisers and the people that have helped me over the last 18 months about this, and I need to make a decision within the next few weeks," Miller told The Fix. Miller has personal wealth; he spent about $560,000 of his own money on the congressional primary.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will hold a vote on the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and passed earlier this month in the House as a way to force moderate Republican senators to take a stand on dramatic changes to Medicare and Medicaid. “There will be an opportunity in the Senate to vote on the Ryan budget to see if Republican senators like the Ryan budget as much as the House did,” Reid told reporters.

* President Obama decided to release his long-form birth certificate after being peppered with questions about it during a recent interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos two weeks ago. “It wasn’t one specific thing” that tipped the scales, a senior administration official said. But mogul Donald Trump’s incessant interviews on the subject were a factor.

* A South Carolina political blog reported today that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is not running for president — only to be shot down by Hogan Gidley, the executive director of Huckabee’s political action committee. The original story was revised to say that Huckabee is disbanding his team in the state. Gidley says there’s “absolutely zero truth” to those claims either. “[T]he Governor himself has been quite clear on this matter. He has truthfully and repeatedly stated that he is seriously considering a run for President but he won’t make that decision until this summer – and that has not changed,” Gidley elaborated in a statement. Fox News is pressuring Huckabee to make up his mind one way or another.

* The Massachusetts House has voted to strip public employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, despite Democratic control and a strong push from unions against the legislation. “It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. It’s not clear that the measure will pass the state Senate.

* Former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland is out with her first special gubernatorial election ad, three weeks before the primary. Like current Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), Ireland shows herself toodling around a farm. She repeatedly calls her a "tough, tested conservative." Ireland was originally considered the GOP frontrunner, but she was outraised by businessman Bill Maloney in the last quarter.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* With Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) appointing Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), a special election for his House seat is on. Former Senate candidate Sharron Angle will run as a Republican, not as an independent or third-party candidate as some have speculated. She opposes both a party committee selection process and a free-for-all election. "I look forward to running in a legitimate campaign cycle where all registered voters are able to participate in both a primary and general election," she said.

* Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is “very interested” in replacing Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) as head of the finance committee. He has requested a spot on the panel every time a space has opened up since he was first elected. So far, he’s always been passed over.

* Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) will court tea party activists at a Greenville rally before the May 5 presidential debate. Gov. Nikki Haley (R), who recently said that “no one in the field excites me right now," is headlining.

* President Obama is holding not one, not two, but three fundraisers in New York City tonight — two top-dollar and one for the poor young folks. The first is at the home of former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, followed by a dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. He’s asking $35,800 for both. (The money is shared with the Democratic National Committee.) Then there’s a $44 concert featuring The Roots, which is, unsurprisingly, sold out.

THE FIX MIX:

This guy does not like elephants:

With Aaron Blake

 
Read what others are saying