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* Former China ambassador Jon Huntsman is dining with Republican Sens. John Thune (S.D.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), and Richard Burr (N.C.) tonight in Washington. The likely presidential candidate is in town for briefings and donor meetings; he will head to New Hampshire tomorrow morning.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Huma Abedin, the wife of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), is pregnant, the New York Times reports. According to three sources, Abedin — an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — is in the early stages of pregnancy with the couple’s first child. She and Weiner got married last year; earlier this week he admitted to sending explicit messages to other women on Twitter.
* Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) has a message for Masschusetts governor Mitt Romney, who is headed to Michigan tomorrow. McCotter declared in a statement, “Motor City hospitality dictates a Michigan message to Mitt that our struggling families, entrepreneurs and workers can’t afford policies that make Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama less than rivals, and more like running mates.” He also held a rally in Plymouth on the “Mitt Romney Obama Ticket.” McCotter is himself considering a presidential bid.
* Wisconsin state Sen. Alberta Darling joined her fellow Republicans in suing to halt this summer’s recall elections, despite promising not to do so. “We're staying together as a group,” Darling said today. All six Republicans subject to recall have sued, arguing that the paperwork against them was improperly filed. (There has been no election board decision on the petitions against Democrats yet.) Meanwhile, the Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) is embracing a plan to run fake Democratic spoiler candidates in the recall elections to buy more time. A Democratic primary would push each special election from July 12 to August 9. Fitzgerald said all the Republican state senators knew of the plan; some of them have denied that.
* Iowans for Tax Relief has a new leader. Rob Salt, who has worked there for 20 years, will take over the influential conservative group. He replaces Ed Failor Jr., a power-player in Iowa politics who resigned in April.
* Christine O’Donnell is celebrating the dismissal of a Federal Election Commission complaint against her — by asking for more money to fend off a separate complaint from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). “I know times are tough and money is tight, but anything you can give will help us fight back against this abuse of the justice system,” she wrote supporters in an email.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) may be eyeing a Senate run, the Star-Ledger reports. A Booker adviser has formed a federal political action committee, CoryPAC, that could raise money for a bid. However, the PAC could be used just to raise money for other candidates. Sen. Robert Menendez (D) is up for reelection in 2012, and Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) might retire in 2014.
* Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) is fundraising off the new Illinois congressional map, asking supporters to help him “fight back” and “stop Chicago Democrats' Illinois power grab.” The current proposal draws Kinzinger into a district with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D). He might challenge Rep. Don Manzullo (R) in the GOP primary for the new 16th district instead.
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), who was criticized early in his tenure for avoiding Florida’s press,will address a statewide group of journalists this summer. The freshman governor will speak at the annual convention of the Florida Press Association/Florida Society of Newspaper Editors on July 1st. All three Republican Senate candidates — state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, former state Rep. Adam Hasner and former Sen. George Lemieux — will also speak.
* Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) is expected to raise $200,000 for his reelection bid at an Omaha corporate event this Friday. “The wishful thinkers on the other side of this election who wanted the Omaha business community to ‘take a walk’ on this election will be sorely disappointed,” Nelson campaign manager Paul Johnson said. Nelson will face a tough GOP challenge next year. Right now there’s a crowded primary to take him on between Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg, and businessman Pat Flynn. State Sen. Deb Fischer might join them soon.
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