Afternoon Fix: Republicans discuss revenge on Boehner foe

at 05:08 PM ET, 07/28/2011

Republicans in Ohio consider revenge on Jim Jordan, Mike Haridopolos is not over it, Rick Perry is backtracking on gay marriage and Sarah Palin has a message for GOP freshmen.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Republicans in Ohio are talking about exacting some revenge on Rep. Jim Jordan (R) for his defiance of House Speaker John Boehner in the debt ceiling fight. Ohio is losing two districts, and the Republicans who control the process are struggling to save all 13 GOP seats. “Jim Jordan's boneheadedness has kind of informed everybody's thinking,” one source told the Columbus Dispatch. Boehner put out a statement saying “the word retribution is not in my vocabulary.”

* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was hospitalized Thursday morning after experiencing difficulty breathing. The problems were attributed to his asthma, and he’s expected to be released tonight. “The governor is fully alert and he is in charge," said deputy chief of staff Maria Comella.

* Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos might be out of the Republican Senate primary, but he isn’t making nice with former rivals. “I can tell you one thing: I will not be supporting Adam Hasner for the Senate,” he said today. Hasner, a one-time state representatitive, will face ex-Sen. George LeMieux and former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller in the primary. Haridopolos abruptly dropped out of the race last week, saying he couldn’t handle both jobs. He said he was still hoping for “a principled and trusted conservative” to get in against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who will be “very difficult to defeat.”

* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke at the National Press Club today, where she dodged questions about the Christian counseling clinic she owns with her husband. Bachmann did talk about her reading habits — “thank God for iPads, I love them” — and said she often starts her day with left-leaning outlets like the Huffington Post and MSNBC. She argued that President Obama was using “scare tactics,” there was no emergency and her opposition to raising the debt ceiling had not changed.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Democrats in Massachusetts are going after Sen. Scott Brown (R) for declining to appear in an “It Gets Better” video with the rest of the state’s congressional delegation. The web video series, launched by sex columnist Dan Savage, is aimed at preventing bullied gay teens from committing suicide. Brown supported the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell,” but he opposes gay marriage. The hope is that gay rights can be used as a wedge issue against Brown in the 2012 election.

* The National Republican Congressional Committee is going big in Nevada’s 2nd district with a $225,000 ad buy for the Sept. 13th special election. It’s a Republican seat, but special elections are unpredictable, and the major investment suggests the GOP is at least a little worried that state Treasurer Kate Marshall (D) could beat former state Sen. Mark Amodei (R) in the district vacated by now-Sen. Dean Heller (R).

* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has backtracked on a statement last week that legalized gay marriage in other states was “fine with me.” Under pressure from social conservatives Perry made clear that “obviously gay marriage is not fine with me” and that he supports a federal amendment banning gay marriage, although he still feels that “it’s fine with me that a state is using their sovereign rights to decide an issue.”

* Sarah Palin has a not-so-subtle Facebook message for House GOP freshmen, saying “we little folk are watching the debt ceiling debate with great interest and concern.” The former Alaska governor is actually recycling an open letter she wrote the new members back in January, telling them to stay true to their principles. But Palin added a little note at the end: “P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries.”

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