Mitt Romney says he expected to be booed, Dean Heller moves in on the ethics scandal, Eric Hovde moves up in polls and Jack Abramoff gets a radio show.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* In an interview with the Fox Business Network, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said he wasn’t surprised by the negative response he received from the NAACP today. “I think we expected that,” he said. But, he added, I spoke with a number of African-American leaders after the event and they said, you know, ‘A lot of folks do not want to say they will not vote for President Obama but they are disappointed in his lack of policies to improve the schools.’”
* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) raised about $5 million in the second quarter of the year and has $15.5 million on hand. That’s dwarfed by the $8.6 million haul Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren (D) took in, but she has only $13.5 million on hand.
* The House voted to repeal the health-care law for the 33rd time today, a symbolic gesture in response to the Supreme Court ruling earlier this month. “You take that 33rd vote because you figure the 33rd time is a charm,”a leadership aide told BuzzFeed.
* New York radio host Bill Nojay is defending a segment last week in which he talked about Democratic House candidate Nate Shinagawa. In the segment, a guest says Shinagawa is “going to lose just because of his name” and the show closes with the song “Sukiyaki.” Shinagawa faces Rep. Tom Reed (R).
* Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) has elaborated after telling a voter who asked about raising the minimum wage to “get a job.” Young told a local news station that his answer was the same — he’s against raising the minimum wage — but he misunderstood the question because the music was loud.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* A new Marquette Poll confirms that businessman Eric Hovde is gaining on former governor Tommy Thompson in the Wisconsin GOP Senate primary. Thompson wins 35 percent of likely voters, up one point from mid-June; Hovde takes 23 percent, up 9 points from June. A Public Policy Polling survey released Tuesday gave Hovde a two point lead in the Aug. 14 primary.
* Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is out with a new ad accusing Rep. Shelley Berkley (D) of using her position to help her husband profit — a day after the House Ethics Committee launched a probe into that controversy. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also just announced reserving $2.3 million of television time in Nevada for the fall.
* Former senator Fred Thompson (R) has endorsed Clark Durant in the GOP primary to take on Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Durant faces Rep. Pete Hoekstra in the Aug. 7 primary; the charter school founder just bought $400,000 in air time.
* Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff now has a talk show on XM Satellite Radio to offer advice on reforming politics. Abramoff was in prison for six years on various corruption-related charges; he got out in 2010.
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