Newt Gingrich rebukes Fox News

at 05:43 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Newt Gingrich tells us how he really feels about Fox News, Rick Santorum said no one would donate, Dennis Kucinich might still move to Washington and Bill Clinton wades into a contentious primary.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich laid into Fox News in a Delaware tea party meeting Wednesday, saying the network had been supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney all along and that CNN is “less biased” than Fox this cycle. "This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN — that's the kind of man he is," a Fox News spokeswoman told Yahoo News. "Not to mention, he's still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract." 

* The AFL-CIO super PAC, Worker’s Voice, has raised $5.4 million this cycle and has $4.1 million cash on hand, the group announced today. The group is planning an intensive social networking effort and will focus on grassroots activism rather than paid media.

* Rick Santorum dropped out because fundraising dried up, he told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins in a radio interview today. “In the last week after Wisconsin, we basically raised no money,” he said. “We had solicitations going out and people were just emailing back saying the race is over.”

* Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who faces skepticism from some unions in his gubernatorial bid, picked up the support of three labor groups today. He faces former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk in the Democratic primary to take on Sen. Scott Walker (R) in this summer’s recall election.

* Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D), having lost a member-vs.-member primary in Ohio, might move to Washington state after all. “I'm looking at all my options,” he said. “I don't rule out anything. I think that in life, when a situation changes, the smart thing to do is to take a deep breath and look at all options.”

* Bob Kerrey (D) is out with a new ad in his campaign to win back his old Nebraska Senate seat, currently held by retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D). Saying “it’s good to be back,” Kerrey focuses in this increasingly conservative state on the importance of aisle-crossing, telling voters, “I’m not afraid to do what’s right.”

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) raised $1.2 million this past quarter, as he has for all five quarters this cycle (consistency!). He has $4.3 million in cash on hand. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R), who is challenging Tester, raised $1.2 million — his best quarter yet — and has $2.7 million on hand.

* The Club For Growth Action has spent $635,000 in support of Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) against Sen. Dick Lugar (R), a pretty amazing amount of money considering the state’s primary is still a month away.

* A nice endorsement if you can get it: Bill Clinton (you know, the former president) is backing Rep. Mark Critz over Rep. Jason Altimire in the member-vs.-member Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s new 12th district. Critiz is the former of chief of staff to the late Rep. John Murtha, who was close to Clinton.

* New York Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D) raised $237,587 in the first quarter of 2012 and has about $400,000 on hand — a good haul for his primary challenge against Rep. Edolphus Towns (D). California Democratic Jose Hernandez (the astronaut) raised $310,000 for his campaign against Rep. Jeff Denham (R).

* Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) raised nearly $760,000 for her Senate race, outpacing Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), who raised $490,000 and still faces a primary with state Auditor Hector Balderas (D). Republican state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos has raised an impressive $1.75 million so far for his challenge to New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D).

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