John McCain says he was snubbed, Timothy Geithner wanted Hillary Clinton to take over, Scott Walker wants Romney to focus his message and Jesse Kelly won’t run again.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says President Obama snubbed him after the 2008 election. “Let’s get real here,” McCain told The Hill. “There was never any outreach from President Obama or anyone in his administration to me.” McCain says he tried to work with the White House but Obama never reached out. MSNBC’s First Read notes that McCain has not been very bipartisan for the past three years.
* Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner suggested in 2011 that he step down and be replaced with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Then-chief of staff William Daley talked to her about the job. But Obama didn’t want Geithner to quit and convinced him to stay.
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast this morning that he’d like to see former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney pick Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. He said the candidate also needs a simple message of “why he would do better” than Obama.
* Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is out with a new report, No Strings Attached, on how former lawmakers who become lobbyists give their excess campaign cash to their old colleagues. “Many members have no qualms about using leftover campaign and PAC money for access and influence,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* The pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action is on the air in New Hampshire with an ad attacking Romney’s record at Bain Capital. The ad focuses on New Hampshire job losses at a company taken over by Bain. It will air Friday, as the Republican candidate kicks off a bus tour in the state.
* In a new memo, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Robby Mook argues that redistricting is “at worst ... a wash” for the party and “at best ... will result in a 1 to 3 seat pick up.” The memo also calls the Arizona special election on Tuesday a “preview of the 2012 message battle.”
* Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), a top Republican target, is criticizing President Obama’s speech today. “President Obama and others in Washington need to realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity,” Critz said. Having survived a bitter Democratic primary, Critz now has to hold a Republican-leaning district.
* Iraq veteran Jesse Kelly (R) will not run again for the seat formerly held by Gabrielle Giffords (D). Kelly lost to Giffords in 2010 and to the congresswoman’s former aide, Ron Barber, in a special election earlier this week.
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