Dave Spence is running, Sharon Bialek’s ex-boyfriend is speaking out, Occupy sites were raided, and Newt Gingrich doesn’t like the supercommittee.
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FIRST ON THE FIX:
* Businessman Dave Spence will run for governor of Missouri, a source tells The Fix. Spence's entry means the GOP could be headed for a contentious primary between Spence and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, whose stumbles early on caused Republicans to look elsewhere for an opponent against popular Gov. Jay Nixon (D). Spence had previously said he would wait for Kinder to make a decision on the race.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* At a press conference in Louisiana today, a former boyfriend corroborated Sharon Bialek’s sexual harassment allegations against former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain. Victor Zuckerman, said he recalled that Bialek — his girlfriend at the time — had reached out to him after losing her job and subsequently told him that “Mr. Cain had touched her in an inappropriate manner.” Cain has called the allegations false.
* In an interview with GQ at Capitol Hill’s (excellent) Seventh Hill Pizza, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain declared that pies with too many vegetables are “sissy pizza” — although he did enjoy one slice with arugula on it. Cain also said that “one very well known Muslim voice” had told him “that a majority of Muslims share the extremist views.”
* Police raided the Occupy Oakland camp (again) today. There were no reports of clashes between protesters and police; 33 were arrested for refusal to disperse. A legal adviser to Mayor Jean Quan (D) resigned in protest, calling the raid “tragically unnecessary.” Camps in Denver and Portland were also raided.
* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took on the supercommittee today, calling the congressional debt-reduction group “maniacally stupid.” He said a provision triggering broad cuts if no deal is reached is “blackmail” and should be dropped. Gingrich is campaigning in Iowa as he surges in polls.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will visit Iowa next week but skip a forum of social conservatives this weekend. It will be his fifth visit to the state since launching his presidential bid, but his second visit this month.
* In an interview with Diane Sawyer airing tonight, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, talk about their new book and the congresswoman’s recovery from the gunshot wound to the head she suffered in January. Kelly told Sawyer that Giffords will make a decision on running again by May 2012, the filing deadline.
* The Democratic/labor recall campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) kicks off at midnight tonight. Organizers, working under the name “United Wisconsin,” have to gather 540,000 signatures to get the recall on the ballot. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said today that the Democratic Governors Association, which he chairs, might get involved. Walker is airing ads in support of his initatives, starting during tonight’s Green Bay Packers football game.
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