POLITICS 10/24/2018 12:30 pm ET At issue is an editorial Lauren Baer wrote as a college student calling on the U.S. to intervene more to stop human rights atrocities overseas. By Paul Blumenthal A super PAC fueled with $10 million from billionaire Amazon and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos is attacking Democratic congressional candidate Lauren Baer as a traitor for voicing opinions critical of U.S. foreign policy in a college newspaper after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The ad comes from With Honor Fund, a super PAC that supports Democratic and Republican military veterans running for office. The group has raised money from a range of wealthy donors and political organizations with ties to both parties, and two-thirds of its funds have come from Bezos and his family. He contributed $10 million to the group in August, and his parents have contributed $2 million since its inception in 2017. Bezos did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The group is … [Read more...] about Jeff Bezos-Funded Super PAC Attacks Democrat As A Traitor Who Didn’t Support America After 9/11
One Democratic hopeful’s ties to the nation’s capital have ignited an intraparty fight in a House primary in Texas, where voters head to the polls Tuesday. But Laura Moser isn’t the only Democratic House candidate who was living in Washington, D.C., during the last election. Democrats in more than a dozen races around the country could face similar charges of being “Washington insiders.” “It’s definitely a concern,” said one Democratic strategist, who wondered if the D.C. carpetbagging criticism could disqualify some of the party’s candidates. “Is it a shorthand to be used to say, ‘This person does not support our values?’” the strategist said. Not all D.C. connections are the same. Unlike Moser, who was a journalist and activist who once suggested she’d never want to move back to her grandparents’ hometown in Texas, many of this year’s Democratic challengers, including … [Read more...] about Could Past DC Residency Be Liability for Some Democrats?
From Culpeper, Virginia – In a microcosm of the battle being fought nationally for control of the U.S. House, Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) sparred at a debate here Monday night with his Democratic challenger, Abigail Spanberger, one of many races which national Democrats hope will fall their way three weeks from today, and enable them to take charge of at least one half of Capitol Hill. Arguing against the election of Spanberger, a former CIA agent, Brat used the debate to repeatedly invoke one name as he made the case for the GOP in November. “A vote for my opponent will be a vote for the Nancy Pelosi liberal agenda,” Brat said, repeatedly rattling off Pelosi’s name over 20 times during the 90 minute face off.“You are running against me,” Spanberger retorted at one point, “certainly not Nancy Pelosi,” drawing cheers from her supporters in the debate audience. Brat wasn’t the only Republican using that debate line, as down in Florida on … [Read more...] about Conflicting signs with 3 weeks to Election Day
President Barack Obama issued a second round of midterm endorsements, lending his name in support of 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and state legislature. “The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama. “They’re Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something. They’re running to expand opportunity and restore the honor and compassion that should be the essence of public service. I’m proud to endorse so many of them today, and I’m eager to continue making the case for why they deserve our votes this November.” In this round of endorsements, President Obama focused on … [Read more...] about Obama issues second round of midterm endorsements
Former President Barack Obama during a 2012 campaign rally in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Barack Obama today endorsed Democrats Andrew Gillum for governor, Sen. Bill Nelson for a fourth Senate term and Lauren Baer for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast U.S. House seat as part of a nationwide list of endorsements. Check out the latest Inside Florida Politics podcast here… Obama endorsed a total of 19 Florida candidates in competitive races from state House to Congress to the high-profile contests for Senate and governor. From Barack Obama’s latest round of endorsements. Noticeably absent from Obama’s list: Donna Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary and University of Miami president who’s running for the open Miami congressional seat of retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen’s district voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and has been regarded as a top Democratic pickup opportunity, … [Read more...] about Barack Obama’s Florida endorsements: Who made the cut, who didn’t?