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Afternoon Fix: Hagel ‘disgusted’ by Republicans

at 05:14 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Chuck Hagel is disappointed in Republicans these days, Jon Huntsman has fired his New Hampshire campaign manager, and a new poll shows a tie in the race for Anthony Weiner’s seat.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) tells the Financial Times he’s “disgusted” by the “ irresponsible actions” of Republicans during the debt-ceiling debate. “I think the Republican Party is captive to political movements that are very ideological, that are very narrow. I've never seen so much intolerance as I see today in American politics,” he said.

* Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman has fired Ethan Eilon, his New Hampshire campaign manager, and replaced him with local political veteran Sarah Crawford Stewart (previously with Tim Pawlenty's campaign). The Huntsman campaign has been plagued by layoffs and shakeups this summer. And New Hampshire is basically a must-win for Huntsman; the fact that his campaign is struggling here is particularly bad news for the candidate. He predicted today that he would win the state.

* The Democratic candidate in the special election for Anthony Weiner’s old seat is not exactly embracing the president. “I will probably not refuse to endorse him because I think I will be more effective by supporting him but at the same time being very strongly against him on some of his policies,” Assemblyman David Weprin told the Jewish Press. A new Republican poll finds Weprin tied with Republican Bob Turner at 42 percent in the Sept. 13 race.

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is conceding that New Hampshire is not a priority for her campaign right now. “Iowa is our main focus right now, secondly is South Carolina,” Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart told Politico. “We do plan to build on our efforts in New Hampshire in due time.” Naturally, Granite Staters have noticed and are annoyed.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Former Vice President Dick Cheney is appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” tonight, defending his memoir against criticisms from some fellow Bush administration alums. “This isn't a book that's aimed at Colin Powell,” Cheney says in the interview. “The president, of course, has written a book, Secretary Rumsfeld has written a book, George Tenet has written a book, Condi Rice is writing a book. This is my contribution to the books.” Former President Bush himself said something similar this morning: “I’m glad members of my family are giving their versions of what it was like to serve the country.”

* Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has been fined $4,100 for violating state ethics laws, in connection with his taping and distribution of a state public-service announcement when he was a candidate for re-election in 2008. The complaint was filed by the Montana Republican Party.

* Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer is speaking out as he awaits trial on charges of funnelling money through a shell company. He claims other Republicans targeted him for defending then-Gov. Charlie Crist (R). “They just destroyed my life for no reason,” he told a local news station.

* Not the most brilliant idea: Republicans in Tucson, Arizona, are raising money by raffling a Glock pistol, the same brand of gun used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and kill six people at a constituent event in Tucson this January.

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