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* The Republican National Committee has hired former Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser to be their finance chair as the party tries to crawl out from under massive debt. Under Weiser, the state party picked up the governorship and two House seats, and he worked on presidential campaigns for both former president George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder called Weiser “a fundraising force unlike anything I have ever seen.”

* Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer said at a breakfast today that electability will play a factor in her group’s decision-making going into 2012. Of Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who has angered conservatives with some of his votes, she said, “sometimes it comes down to choosing the lesser of two evils and, of course that's not what we want, but we can't control everything.” She also said that she’s not in favor of a government shutdown.

* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) thinks his dad will probably run for president — which means he probably won’t. “I get every indication from looking at his schedule and hearing what he’s doing that I think he probably will,” the younger Paul told Politico. Sen. Paul has suggested in the past that if his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), does not run for president, he’d be tempted to get in the race. Ron Paul’s presidential runs have inspired a lot of enthusiasm and loyalty, but he’s never gotten very far in polls.

* Broadband for America has taken on former senator John Sununu , the Republican from New Hampshire who lost his seat in 2008. He joins former Demcratic senator Harold Ford Jr. (Tenn.). The coalition of major telecom industry players and other business groups advocates for universal broadband access but against net neutrality. Sununu is a mechanical engineer who graduated from MIT.

* Richard Kanka, the father behind “Megan’s Law,” is running for the state legislature in New Jersey. Kanka, a Republican, pushed for sex offender registration legislation after the death of his daughter, who was raped and murdered by a convicted sex offender when she was 7 years old. The law took effect in New Jersey in 1994, and 30 other states have passed similar measures. Kanka will face Democratic state Sen. Linda Greenstein.


* Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC has donated $45,000 to the Republican Party and the party’s House and Senate campaign committees. “I believe that by electing Republicans, we will make America strong and prosperous again,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement. He’s been making lots of generous contributions to Republicans around the country.

* Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum will be the featured speaker at an Iowa GOP event in Cedar Rapids (also the setting of a recent mediocre Ed Helms movie) on Tuesday, April 26. It’s part of a series of events designed to bolster local party organizations around the state.

* New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has made it very clear that he has not running for president in 2012, will head to New York City for a speech on education Thursday at the Brookings Institution. Christie has become a national Republican star in part for his willingness to take on the state teachers’ union. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is headed to D.C. at the beginning of May for his own high-profile education speech, at the American Enterprise Institute.

* Another Florida Republican is still thinking about getting into the state’s Senate race. "The more candidates the better. I'm being told the getting in the low 20s could actually win this race with enough candidates,'' said Will McBride, a lawyer who got 30 percent of the vote in the 2006 Republican primary, finishing second to former secretary of state Katherine Harris. He expects to decide in a week or two.


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