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share save 120 16 Carly Fiorina Back in the Political Arena as Vice Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., wears a Navy hat given to him by a member of the Patriot Guard Rider as he and Republican senate candidate Carly Fiorina prepare for group picture in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010

This will be a good position for Carly as the GOP poses to take back majority control of the United States Senate in 2012.
Republican former California U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is back in the political mix, Tuesday named the new vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Campaign — the fundraising and campaign organization that’s central to GOP efforts to take back control of the Senate in 2012.

The announcement was made this morning by Texas U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who heads the key GOP group, which will be focusing on at least 10 highly competitive Senate races in 2012 around the nation.

“I’m pleased to welcome my friend Carly Fiorina to the NRSC team, where her many business and civic achievements will make her an invaluable leader and fundraiser during this critical election cycle,” Cornyn said in his release today. “I look forward to working with Carly to elect strong Republican Senators who will finally put a stop to President Obama’s failed tax-and-spend agenda, and instead promote the economic growth and job creation Americans so badly need.”

In her new role, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO will assist Cornyn and NRSC vice chair Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to “amplify Senate Republicans’ focus on healing America’s troubled economy,” and to pump up fundraising as Republicans aim for a Senate majority, Cornyn said.

Of course, the Democrats have already attacked the choice as a millionaire yacht owner who sent jobs overseas, but this social class warfare is getting old. There is little question that Fiorina has business acumen, (been financially successful) and that the Democrats and the failed Obama Administration don’t.

The move to put Fiorina in a key fundraising role gives the GOP organization the advantage of having what it calls “one of the most recognized business executives in the world” at its helm in a year in which economic issues will lead the political agenda.

Fiorina is the only woman ever to run a Fortune 20 company, and raised $22 million in the primary and general election for her own campaign.

I am looking forward to seeing Carly on the stump again soon.

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share save 120 16 GOP NRSC Targets Montana, Virginia, Nebraska, Florida and North Dakota in 2012 Senate Races
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Montana Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester – a GOP target in 2012

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has released its target list for 2012.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has its eyes on five key races that could pave the way for the GOP to take the majority in the upper chamber in 2012.

NRSC Executive Director Ron Jesmer said in an interview with CNN published Wednesday that the committee believes there is “fertile ground” for Republicans gains in Montana, Virginia, Nebraksa, Florida and North Dakota.

Jesmer said that centrist Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) is in “serious trouble and kind of in a league of his own,” and that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) also “is in a lot of trouble.”

“There are other states where depending on if one candidate runs, there could be some other good challenges,” he added.

The official’s comments provide an early preview to the GOP’s strategy heading into the 2012 Senate campaign, when the party is expected to make gains on the Democrats and take the majority.

Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota were won by 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Florida and Virginia flipped from red to blue two years ago, but some see the states tilting back to the GOP after the party picked up a number of House seats in each state. 

Barring any GOP blow up in the next year, I see a relatively easy time for the GOP to take control of the Senate in 2012 – or at least come within a few seats, but have an in effect operating majority.

Ben Nelson in Nebraska is toast as are North Dakota’s Kent Conrad and Montana’s Jon Tester.

Former Virginia Senator George Allen has a good chance to best the irascible and weird Jim Webb (if he runs).

It will be good Dem Senate hunting for the GOP in 2012.

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share save 120 16 Chuck DeVore Who?
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From Washington Post political writer and blogger Chris Cillizza’s twitter feed yesterday

Exactly.

And, this is why former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has boasted that national Republicans support her candidacy.

Carly Fiorina, a likely Republican candidate for Senate in California, made public on Tuesday what her GOP primary opponent Chuck DeVore has long claimed: that the national party is supporting her bid to take out Sen. Barbara Boxer next year.

“The chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee has encouraged me to enter the race, reaffirming my belief that Chuck DeVore can not beat Barbara Boxer,” Fiorina said Tuesday, according to SanDiegoNewsRoom.com.

Now the National Republican Senatorial Committee has done NO formal endorsement and today entertained another candidate, Al Ramirez who is running for the California U.S. Senate seat.

There has been some grumbling that the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) resources haven’t been available to lesser-known candidates, but perhaps they just never asked.

Businessman Al Ramirez, an underdog candidate in the GOP primary to face Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), is launching his campaign today at NRSC headquarters.

Ramirez’s event could been seen as a retort to state Sen. Chuck DeVore’s contention that the committee has already chosen sides in the primary. DeVore has unleashed a series of attacks on the NRSC for allegedly choosing Carly Fiorina as its candidate.

NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh says: “Al Ramirez is a Republican candidate, and we extend our facilities to Republican candidates. Barbara Boxer’s approval ratings are very low, and we’re excited about our prospects in California next year.”

I mean could you really blame the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) for backing Carly Fiorina? After all NOBODY even knows who Irvine-based California Assemblyman Chuck DeVore is. And, he has raised NO money for a statewide campaign.

Chuck DeVore is simply NOT a viable candidate against Democrat incumbent U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and should stop his MOANING about the NRSC which he never even asked to meet.

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And Chuck DeVore called Chris Cillizza a what in response? SORE LOSER.

Well, when DeVore found out about Cillizza’s poison-tipped “who?” hebasically had no other choice than to let slip the dogs of War-tweeting. And so ensued a series of barbaric bleats starting with DeVore pointing out that he was “The candidate who edged you out for a Shorty Award for best political use of Twitter, that’s who!” Yes: I had to look up what a “Shorty Award” is, and this is what I found out….

Anyway, DeVore then felt compelled to send the same message out (“Chris Cillizza is still sore DeVore for CA beat him out for a Shorty Award for best political use of Twitter in 08.”) three separate times, which certainly bespeaks a level of Twitter ineptitude that one would think unbecoming of a winner of one of these vaunted Shorty Awards.

Odd duck is only the beginning to describe Chuck DeVore. Geeeeezzzzz.


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share save 120 16 National Republican Senatorial Committee WIMPS OUT and Endorses Arlen Specter for Re Election
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Republican Senators John Cornyn, R- Texas (Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee), Arlen Specter, R- Pennsylvania and Lyndsey Graham, R- South Carolina in 2006

Even with the latest polls showing Pennsylvania United States Senator Arlen Specter in deep trouble for re-nomination in 2010, the National Republican Senatorial Committee endorsed him today.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn released a letter today offering a full-throated endorsement of Sen. Arlen Specter in his coming primary against former congressman Pat Toomey, a decision driven by a concern that the challenger cannot win a general election in Pennsylvania.

“My job as head of the NRSC is to guide the GOP back to a majority in the Senate,” wrote Cornyn in a letter to Pennsylvania Republicans. “I can’t do that without Arlen Specter. With him as our nominee, I can target our campaign resources toward beating Democrats and growing the Senate Republican Conference.”

The implication of those lines is clear: if Toomey is the Republican nominee next November, “campaign resources” may not flow from Washington to Pennsylvania.

This is BULL for Specter is a non-reliable vote for the Republican Party at best. Plus, he is 79 years old.

The national GOP committees for years have done nothing but support incumbent Senators regardless of whether they vote with the party or have a chance to win a general election.

Flap recommends that folks donate to their candidate of choice in these 2010 races and stay far away from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

And, in a further disappointment, looks like RNC Chairman Michael Steele changed his mind.


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share save 120 16 GOP Louisiana Senator David Vitter   Put A Fork in Vitter   HES DONE; Update: Vitter Denies and Says Incident Overstated
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Senator David Vitter has responded:

“After being delayed on the Senate floor ensuring a vote on my anti-pay-raise amendment and in a rush to make my flight home for town hall meetings the next day, I accidentally went through a wrong door at the gate,” Vitter said in a statement. “I did have a conversation with an airline employee, but it was certainly not like this silly gossip column made it out to be.”

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Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), accompanied by his wife, Wendy Vitter, speaks during a news conference in Metairie, La., after a scandal linking him to a Washington escort service, July 16, 2007.

Maybe Senator Vitter is not as egregiously bad morally as the Democrat’s former Senator and Presidential candidate John Edwards but this is the last straw.
Among Members of Congress, there’s a long-standing, proud tradition of the Airport Freakout. Add to the list of those who’ve indulged in meltdowns and temper tantrums while traveling one Sen. David Vitter, who on Thursday joined what we’ve dubbed the “Mile-Low Club” by going ballistic on an airline worker after missing a flight from Washington’s Dulles airport to New Orleans.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee should make it immediately clear to Vitter that he is done and recruit a candidate to replace him – before the national GOP loses another seat. God knows the Republican Party has enough vulnerable ones in the coming 2010 election.

Bye Bye


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