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Mary Beth Cahill joins pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA

at 05:30 PM ET, 05/16/2012

A top strategist joins Obama’s super PAC, Mitt Romney endorses Connie Mack, Herman Cain endorses Mitt Romney, and Scott Walker’s job numbers cause contrversy.

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* Veteran Democratic strategist Mary Beth Cahill has been hired by the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA as a consultant. “Mary Beth brings an enormous wealth of experience in national campaigns and we couldn’t be happier that she’s joining,” said Priorities co-founder Bill Burton. The group has struggled to attract major donors. Here’s a good profile of her from when she worked for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign.

* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) released revised jobs numbers today for 2011 and already has them on the air in a new ad. Data from the Current Employment Survey showed a 33,900 drop in jobs. Walker’s numbers, from a Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages to be issued on June 28, show a 23,300 gain. The new data has yet to be reviewed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Democrats are crying foul. Either way, Walker is far from his promise of creating 250,000 new jobs, but a poll released today shows him leading by six points.

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is not trying to win his home state of Massachusetts. "That's not been a topic of discussion," Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden told the AP. Aides are instead claiming Michigan as Romney’s home turf and potentially winnable.

* President Obama tried to woo congressional Republicans with sandwiches today. But he warned them that he would not tolerate a replay of last year’s debt-ceiling fight after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) threatened again to block an increase without new cuts.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former House member Heather Wilson (R) is out with a new ad in the New Mexico Senate race. “Today Washington politicians in both parties are driving us off a cliff,” she says in the ad, which starts airing Thursday. State Auditor Hector Balderas, trailing Rep. Martin Heinrich in the Democratic primary, released an ad this morning that attacks Wilson.

* Romney endorsed Rep. Connie Mack in Florida’s GOP Senate primary today, calling him “a friend, a strong conservative and the type of principled leader we need.” Mack was an enthusiastic Romney surrogate before Florida’s presidential primary, so the endorsement isn’t much of a surprise. But Mack has been struggling lately and could use a boost.

* Herman Cain formally endorsed Romney today, the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO’s third endorsement since dropping out of the presidential race in December. Cain has already encouraged conservatives to rally behind Romney; his official endorsement came after a Capitol Hill tea party rally and will likely have little to no effect on the race.

* National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) defended embattled Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) in an interview with the New York Times today. Sessions said he would consider asking Buchanan to step down as NRCC finance chair only if the ethics committee makes a decision on allegations that the Florida lawmaker tried to illegally influence a former business partner’s testimony in a campaign finance investigation.

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