Norquist hits back at Jeb Bush, citing father
By Aaron Blake,
Norquist hits back at Jeb and gets a little personal; Crossroads apologizes for Bryson tweet; Putnam under fire for land deal; and Lingle launches a TV station.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:
* Grover Norquist is lashing out at former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) for his comments critical of Norquist’s anti-tax pledge. Bush has said in recent days that Republicans should accept a deal that includes $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases. “There’s a guy who watched his father throw away his presidency on a 2:1 [ratio of spending cuts to tax increases] promise,” Norquist told Talking Points Memo. “And he thinks he’s sophisticated by saying that he’d take a 10:1 promise. ... You walk down that alley, you don’t come out. You certainly don’t come out with 2:1 or 10:1.”
* Commerce Secretary John Bryson has been issued a felony-hit-and run citation in California after he apparently caused a string of car accidents within a few minutes of one another. Bryson, who is accused of leaving the scene of the accident, suffered a seizure and was served with the citation in the hospital, according to a Commerce Department spokesperson.
* The conservative American Crossroads super PAC has apologized for a tweet on the group’s Twitter account that suggested Bryson was drunk. “How does @CommerceSec have 3 car crashes in 5 minutes and alcohol NOT be involved? ?#Skills,” read the initial tweet, according to ABC News. That tweet was later deleted, and the group apologized: “Earlier Bryson tweet with hashtag #skills attempted levity (before facts known) and failed miserably. We took it down and regret the tweet.” Reports indicate Bryson passed a breathalyzer test.
* In an interview with the Post’s 2Chambers blog, Maine independent Senate candidate and former governor Angus King suggests the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans should be in effect until a certain benchmark is reached, such as unemployment dipping below 5 percent.
WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:
* Florida agriculture commissioner and former congressman Adam Putnam (R) is facing some scrutiny after the Palm Beach Post reported this weekend that the state bought his family’s 2,000-acre ranch in 2005 for $25.5 million, a year after it appraised for just $5.5 million. Putnam’s family also maintains grazing rights, and the state has used only 150 acres of the land, with no plans for the rest.
* Former Hawaii governor Linda Lingle (R) has taken the apparently unprecedented step of launching a cable TV channel devoted exclusively to her Senate campaign.
* A Native American alumna of Harvard University’s graduate school and self-described lifelong Democrat is accusing Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of “ethnic fraud” for claiming Native American heritage during her time as a Harvard professor.
* Freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is up with the first ad of his reelection campaign, in which the tea party favorite alludes to his often-controversial positions. “Some say I push too hard,” he says in the minute-long spot. “My response: I’m just getting started.”
* Former president Bill Clinton has endorsed his former aide, Sean Patrick Maloney, in the Democratic primary to face freshman Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.) in upstate New York.
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