Afternoon Fix: Super PAC that backed Bachmann cuts Romney ad
A pro-Bachmann super PAC is now helping Romney, Perry doesn’t know about Lawrence v. Texas, Michael Reagan is backing Gingrich and Kelly Clarkson loves Ron Paul.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Citizens for a Working America, a super PAC that was initially supporting Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), is now behind an ad buy in support of Romney. Ed Brookover, a former Bachmann adviser who helped form the PAC, is no longer involved and still supports Bachmann.
* Texas Gov. Rick Perry has started going after his rivals — including a radio ad targeting former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum — for the much-maligned practice of earmarking. But the Austin American-Statesman points out that Texas has sought multiple earmarks under Perry’s leadership.
* Mitt Romney has nabbed the endorsement of North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (R), giving the former Massachusetts governor nearly one-fourth of the Senate GOP conference.
* Michael Reagan, radio host and son of former president Ronald Reagan, has endorsed former House speaker Newt Gingrich, telling the conservative website Newsmax that he “will help continue my father's vision.”
* An independent group calling itself “Sarah Palin’s Iowa Earthquake” is running radio ads urging caucusgoers to “vote rogue” and write in the former Alaska governor on Jan. 3rd. Palin announced in October that she would not run for president.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Better late than never? Bachmann is making her first ad buy since the summer, when she spent $57,960 in Iowa. She’s buying time in the Hawkeye State now and the spots will start airing Jan. 1st.
* In another sign of how hard Romney is pushing for an Iowa win, his surrogates, including former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, are making calls to GOP leaders in the state urging them to get behind the frontrunner.
* California Assemblywoman Isadore Hall (D) has opted out of running for Congress, avoiding a three-way primary against two incumbents (Reps. Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson). “The fact is, the race for Congress was never about me,” he said. “It was never my intention to engage in an expensive intra-party war.”
* An unexpected, growing fan base for Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) — female pop stars. Kelly Clarkson tweeted this morning, “I love Ron Paul. ... If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote.” Fans quickly jumped on her, calling Paul a racist and an anti-gay bigot. Now Michelle Branch has chimed in, telling Clarkson, “I wholeheartedly agree.” But what does Natasha Bedingfield think?
* A mini-endorsement war in Ohio’s newly-drawn 3rd district Democratic primary: former Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy got the backing of Franklin County Commissioner Marilyn Brown and four local unions, while Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman endorsed former state Rep. Joyce Beatty.
* Perry punted on a question about the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas today, saying, “I wish I could tell you I know every Supreme Court case, I don't ... I’m not a lawyer.” The infamous case struck down anti-sodomy laws and was litigated in part during Perry’s tenure as governor.
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