Gabrielle Giffords makes a move, Connie Mack and Orrin Hatch aren’t debating, Jeb Bush says the GOP is short-sighted and John Boehner shakes things up.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D) might form her own political action committee. At a private reception on Capitol Hill Tuesday night, her husband Mark Kelly told friends that “Gabby and I are not going to be strangers to Washington,” and that their plans “might include an organization called Gabby PAC.” Giffords stepped down in January as she continued her rehabilitation from a gunshot to the head; this move is a sign that she might run again one day.
* Florida Rep. Connie Mack (R) has declined to participate in a debate with his Senate primary opponents. His campaign manager told the Tampa Bay Times that “it’s clear the race for the U.S. Senate in Florida is now between Connie Mack, the Republican, and [Sen.] Bill Nelson, the Democrat.” The primary is on August 14, and Mack has a wide lead in polls.
* In an interview with CBS this morning, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said President Obama’s foreign policy was modeled after George W. Bush and should give some credit: “It would be nice — a little tip of the hat would be a nice thing.” He also called the GOP’s approach to Hispanic voters “short-sighted.”
* Former president Bill Clinton told CNN that he’s “very sorry about what happened” when he said it would make sense to let the Bush tax cuts extend until next year. He reiterated that he wrongly thought something had to be done before the election and that he supported President Obama’s call to end cuts for the highest earners.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Veteran Democratic operative Tim Jeffers is leaving the campaign of Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, saying the “time commitment required has become unsustainable for a guy with five kids.” Gregg is a significant underdog against Rep. Mike Pence (R).
* Utah Senate candidate Dan Liljenquist will debate a carboard cutout of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) tonight, as the incumbent has turned down a televised debate with his primary rival. Hatch will participate in a June 15 radio debate; the primary is on June 26.
* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) got a warm reception at the Texas Republican Convention today — until he touted Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for Senate. At that, there were loud boos from a good chunk of the crowd. Dewhurst faces a challenger from the right, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, in a primary runoff on July 31.
* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has shaken up his staff, moving chief of staff Barry Jackson to senior counselor and promoting Mike Sommers to the job of day-to-day management. In his new role, Jackson will be planning for the lame-duck session and 2013 — as sign Boehner is confident Republicans will hold the majority.
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