Democrats tie Ted Nugent to Mitt Romney
By Chris Cillizza,
Democrats want Mitt Romney to apologize for Ted Nugent, Chris Christie is willing to talk about the VP nomination, Scott Brown thinks Elizabeth Warren is an elitist hypocrite and North Carolina Democrats want their party chairman to resign.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* The latest bit of ginned-up campaign outrage: Democrats are attacking former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney over Ted Nugent’s declaration that should President Obama be reelected, the rock musician “will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Nugent endorsed Romney in March after speaking with him on the phone. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, claimed Nugent is a “Romney surrogate,” and the DNC put out a video showing that Romney once said “it’s been fun getting to know Ted Nugent.” Romney’s campaign released a statement saying the candidate “believes everyone needs to be civil.”
* New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) says he’s not looking to be vice president, but he’s willing to talk about the idea. “I love this job,” he said. “But I also think it is extraordinarily arrogant for you to say you won’t even listen to the nominee of your party – especially for me.”
* Five top Democratic North Carolina officials asked Democratic Party Chairman David Parker to resign following a sexual harassment scandal. So did Rep. Larry Kissell (D). Executive Director Jay Parmley resigned Sunday after emails surfaced suggesting a former party staffer was paid to keep quiet about sexual harassment.
* The campaign of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is calling Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) an “elitist hypocrite” for refusing to reveal whether she pays a voluntarily higher state income tax rate (an option in the state). Democrats are hitting Brown for opposing the “Buffett Rule,” which would raise taxes on millionaires.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Two Republicans vying for the seat held by retiring Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) are not happy with the way the congressman pulled out of his reelection race. Because the primary is over, county chairman will pick a new GOP nominee. state Sen. Kyle McCarter and Sam Spradlin are crying foul, suggesting Johnson’s exit was orchestrated to help former his chief-of-staff, Jerry Clarke, get the nod.
* An poll from his campaign shows businessman John Delaney (D) with a nine-point lead over Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R) in Maryland’s new 6th district, 48 percent to 39 percent. Thanks to Democratic-led redistricting, what was a safe GOP seat now holds more Democrats than Republicans, and Bartlett faces an uphill battle to keep his seat.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee edged out the National Republican Congressional Committee in March fundraising for the fifth month in a row, $9.8 million to $9.3 million. But the NRCC still has more cash on hand, $27.1 million to $22.8 million.
* Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is out with a new Senate campaign ad attacking former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, his chief primary rival. The 60-second ad attacks Cruz for defending a Chinese company accused of stealing blueprints from an American firm.
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