Rubio with an apparent Freudian slip on the veepstakes; youth sour on Obama; $200,000 goes missing from Jon Huntsman’s political action committee; and North Carolina’s Democratic Party chairman isn’t stepping down.

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* North Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said Thursday that he won’t step down, despite being urged to do so by Democrats including Gov. Bev Perdue following a sexual harassment scandal at the state party. But Parker said that the won’t seek reelection to his post and is urging the state party executive committee to move its upcoming election from June to May.

* Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may have fallen victim to a Freudian slip today when, at a event hosted by the National Journal, he said this: “If in four to five years, if I do a good job as vice president — I’m sorry, as senator — I’ll have the chance to do all sorts of things,” he said. Rubio has denied he will be the GOP’s vice presidential nominee.

* $200,000 is “missing” from the political action committee set up to launch Jon Huntsman’s presidential campaign. Filings in Utah show $205,000 in payments to a company that doesn’t appear to exist, and a company with a similar name that had done some work ($20,000 worth) for Huntsman’s PAC said it didn’t receive the $205,000. Huntsman adviser John Weaver said the company should have received the money and that the owner is “mistaken.”

* Are the youth deserting Obama? A new poll of 18-to-24-year-olds from the Public Religion Research Institute shows Obama leading a generic Republican just 48 percent to 41 percent among this demographic, which came up big for him in 2008.

* Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) says he has resolved a child support dispute with his ex-wife, and the judge presiding over the case has dismissed it. Walsh is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country.

* Mississippi GOP consultant Austin Barbour has been named deputy to top Mitt Romney adviser Stuart Stevens. Barbour, who is the nephew of former Mississippi governor and Republican National Committee chairman Haley Barbour, previously served as Romney’s national finance chairman.


* West Virginia Senate candidate John Raese (R) just waltzed into the old comparing-anything-to-Hitler trap. Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) opponent offered this: “But in Monongalia County now, I have to put a huge sticker on my buildings to say this is a smoke-free environment. This is brought to you by the government of Monongalia County. OK? Remember Hitler used to put Star of David on everybody’s lapel. Remember that? Same thing.” Perhaps this explains why Raese has lost all three of his statewide campaigns, including to Manchin in 2010.

* A new automated Rasmussen poll of the Missouri Senate race shows Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) trailing former state treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) by seven points and Rep. Todd Akin (R) by five points. Both margins are down slightly from a month ago. McCaskill ties businessman John Brunner (R) at 45 percent after trailing him by seven points last month.

* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its GOP counterpart $7.4 million to $5.75 million in March. The DSCC has $24 million cash on hand, compared to $19.6 million for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

* Three Florida Supreme Court justices received timely — or untimely, depending on your perspective — contributions this week. The contributions came from the law firm run by the husband of the woman who runs Fair Districts, the organization that successfully pushed 2010 ballot measures that restricted the state legislature’s ability to gerrymander. The problem? The contributions came two days before the state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case against the Florida GOP’s map.

* French president Nicolas Sarkozy looks like he is headed for defeat in his first reelection campaign.


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