Romney says he won’t flip-flop on immigration, Fred Davis has regrets, and the House Majority PAC is teaming up with a labor union to make a major ad buy.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Politico reports that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told a group of potential supporters last week that he was treading carefully on immigration to avoid looking like a “flip-flopper.” News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who supports immigration reform, had pushed Romney to be more aggressive on the issue. He tweeted Sunday that Obama “will be hard to beat unless” Romney “drops old friends from team and hires some real pros” and that the candidate “seems to play everything safe, make no news except burn off Hispanics.”
* Aides confirm that Romney is headed to Israel this summer to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The New York Times, which first reported the news, adds that Romney will hold at least one public event. Romney last visited Israel in January 2011; President Obama also visited the country as a presidential candidate, in July 2008. Romney and Netanyahu have a friendship that goes back to 1976. According to the New Yorker, the White House assumes the Israeli prime minister is rooting for the Republican candidate.
* Republican admaker Fred Davis says he has lost ten pounds since the New York Times leaked his proposal of a super PAC campaign tying President Obama to Jeremiah Wright. “It’s been miserable,” he said. The pitch was an “intriguing way to get your foot in the door,” he told the L.A. Times, and the over-the-top language was not meant for public consumption.
* Young conservative wunderkind Jonathan Krohn is no longer a conservative. Krohn gained national fame for a rousing speech he delivered at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. The 13-year-old had already written a book, “Defining Conservatism.” Now 17, Krohn tells Politico he was “naive” then; while he doesn’t call himself a liberal, he supports gay marriage and the health-care law and would vote for President Obama if he was old enough to vote.
* Ann Romney tells USA Today’s Susan Page that she makes fun of dressage too, calling a recent Colbert Report segment on the expensive equestrian sport “hilarious.” Romney co-owns a dressage horse competing in the Olympics. “You have to understand, we all laugh at the sport, too — those of us who try it,” she said. “We laugh at how ridiculous it looks sometimes.”
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* The House Majority PAC, a super PAC backing House Democrats, has teamed up with the Service Employees International Union to make a major ad buy for this fall. Together the two groups are reserving $20 million in ad time in 38 markets, covering at least 47 districts. The bulk of the funds, $16 million, come from the House Majority PAC; SEIU is chipping in $3.7 million.
* Foes of Maryland’s new Democratic-drawn congressional map say they have collected enough signatures to force a statewide vote on the new lines this fall. The signatures still need to be certified by election officials. Republican lawmakers were behind the signature drive; they say the new map is gerrymandered to favor Democrats. If the map goes on the ballot and voters reject it, new lines will be drawn for 2014.
* Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has endorsed Richard Hudson in North Carolina’s 8th district. Hudson, a former congressional aide, faces former Iredell County Commissioner Scott Keadle in a July 17 runoff for the Republican nomination. (Hudson failed to crack the necessary 40 percent of the vote in the five-way May primary.) The winner will face Rep. Larry Kissell (D).
* The National Republican Congressional Committee is out withi three new ads attacking California lawmakers on their support for the Democratic health-care law. Reps. Lois Capps, John Garamendi, and Jerry McNerney, three potential vulnerable Democrats, are targeted.
* Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) will appear at a roundtable of New Hampshire Republicans on Saturday, one of many recent appearances the potential VP nominee has made in support of Romney’s campaign.
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