Political Roundup for December 3, 2012…Red Racing Horses


RNC Chair: 90s-era Oklahoma Congressman JC Watts may challenge Reince Preibus, with a platform focusing on minority outreach. Given that there doesn’t seem to be any wholesale movement to oust Preibus, Watts’s bid would be a longshot.


AR-Sen, AR-Gov: In a surprise, Rep. Tim Griffin (R), who most thought was a lock to seek higher office this cycle, will instead stay put in the House, forgoing a bid for Senate or Governor to move up on the Ways and Means committee. With Rep. Rick Crawford and Land Commissioner John Thurston ruling out statewide bids, the ARGOP’s “A” team appears to be LG Mark Darr, Rep. Steve Womack, and Rep.-elect Tom Cotton, who will need to sort out over the next few months who runs for Governor, who runs for Senate, and who stays put.

GA-Sen, SC-Sen: A recap of primary challengers for Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Lindsey Graham. New in this article, it seems that firebrand conservative Rep. Paul Broun is set to launch a Chambliss primary in January.

TN-Sen: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R) is unafraid to show he’s working hard to smother any possible primary challenge before it starts, rolling out endorsements from fellow Sen. Bob Corker, Gov. Bob Haslam, the leaders of both State Legislative chambers, and 6 of the 7 house Republicans. The 7th House Republican, a certain soon-to-be ex-Physician from Marion County, was not mentioned.

CA-10: A month after election day, we seem to be looking at our first rematch of 2014 – Jose Hernandez (D) will explore a rematch with Rep. Jeff Denham (R) next cycle.

MI-10: Rep. Candice Miller has been named chair of the House Administration committe, becoming the only female committee chair and almost certainly foreclosing any possibility of a statewide run in 2014….


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11 thoughts on “Political Roundup for December 3, 2012…Red Racing Horses”

  1. Politicalwire reports that GOP Rep. JoAnn Emerson of Missouri’s 8th district will resign her seat in Congress to become CEO of the non profit Rural Electrification Program.

    That district is safe Republican and will likely go to someone much more conservative than she has been.

  2. They say to the State Chair Scott, a guy named Smith. We had a great candidate there four years ago I think, but he got clobbered.

  3. Yeah Keith, the largest city in MO 8 is Cape Girardeau, hometown to one Rush Limbaugh.

    So even a stellar Democrat is going to go down in defeat there.

  4. Congrats to Candice Miller for being named Administration Chair. This committee is responsible for things such as the House cafeteria. But at least the GOP found a token chair to give to a woman.

  5. A Rough Month for Ann Romney — From Political Wire.

    Washington Post: “By all accounts, the past month has been most difficult on Romney’s wife, Ann, who friends said believed up until the end that ascending to the White House was their destiny. They said she has been crying in private and trying to get back to riding her horses.”

    Remember, “it’s our turn?” Leave them to LaJolla and the dust bin of ever expanding real estate holdings. The Romney’s are irrelevant.

  6. Poor woman – I hope she keeps up her strength. She probably had visions of wearing a white gown and riding Rafalca in the inaugural parade while waving to her many admirers.

  7. While I have sympathy for her illness, I have no sympathy for the entitled way she, in particular, conducted herself during the campaign. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “the very rich are different, they consider themselves above you even when the fall below.” The Romneys couldn’t possibly fall much lower in my estimation.

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