Monday Night Items

  • New York
    : Governor David Paterson may be leaning toward appointing an upstate-based pick to succeed Senator/Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton.  That bodes well for Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand of Hudson, Congressman Brian Higgins of South Buffalo, and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
  • Florida: Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is reportedly passing on a 2010 Senate bid against unpopular Republican Mel Martinez.  While this is disappointing because, as a statewide officeholder, Sink would have a strong base from which to challenge Martinez, the Republican will have no shortage of strong potential opponents.  According to Public Policy Polling polls, Congressman Allen Boyd and Congressman Ron Klein both start off with identical 37-33 leads, while Congressman Robert Wexler and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz both begin in statistical dead heats against the incumbent, not a bad position at all.
  • PennsylvaniaGo Pat, go!

    Former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), whom Specter defeated by less than two percentage points in 2004, said he hasn’t ruled out a 2010 rematch, but has no timetable for a decision.Toomey, the president of the conservative Club for Growth, insisted Specter faces more hurdles than he did four years ago.

    “He’s significantly more vulnerable now than he was in 2004,” Toomey said in an interview.

    Toomey’s loss to Arlen Specter in the 2004 Republican primary was very narrow, about 50.8 to 49.2.  With a better national fundraising base courtesy of the Club for Growth, Toomey would clearly be better funded; meanwhile, Specter would just be six years older and without the help that the circa-2004 George W. Bush and Rick Santorum provided him.  On the Democratic side, the Congressional triumverate of Patrick Murphy, Allyson Schwartz and Joe Sestak continue to be mentioned as potential candidates, along with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

  • Kansas: As far as the first choice wish list goes, the Democratic nomination in the 2010 Senate race belongs to term-limited Governor Kathleen Sebelius.  But, if she winds up in the Obama Administration or otherwise decides against a Senate bid, maybe Congressman Dennis Moore could step up (or may be considering a bid even now).
  • Iowa: If Republican Chuck Grassley runs for re-election, he’s absolutely unbeatable… or maybe he’s not.
  • Kentucky: Does Republican Jim Bunning really hate proper financial oversight this much?  Cuz I don’t think it’ll win him any fans in the Bluegrass State as he allegedly prepares for a re-election bid.
  • HuffPo’s reporting that David Gregory will take the reins of Meet the Press.

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