Romney: On behalf of the Republican Party, I'd like to thank Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen for managing to unite the Republican Party behind Mitt Romney. If you haven't heard, Rosen decided to attack Ann Romney, saying "[she]never worked a day in her life", because, ya know, raising 5 boys with MS and breast cancer is easy. Conservatives have rushed to Romney's defense. And Hilary Rosen refuses to back down, continuing to attack Ann via Twitter and digging in in a HuffPo blog post. So how bout that Republican War on Women??
Romney Victory: The first event for Romney Victory will be a $50,000 per couple event in Palm Beach this Sunday. There will be another big dollar event in Naples this weekend.
Huntsman: The Huntsman campaign may soon face lawsuits for the more than $1.4 million it still owes its vendors. The campaign and Huntsman has gone silent on his plans to pay his debts.
Portman: NRO's Robert Costa has a long profile on the current VP FOTM, Rob Portman. It details Portman's working class roots and his extensive experience in Washington.
Rankings: Larry Sabato has his list of potential VP choices and their pro's and con's, separated by tier. His top tier is made up of Rob Portman, Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, and Paul Ryan. Its definitely worth a look. There is also an interesting choice in his third tier: TN Sen. Bob Corker, along with Condi. JC Watts and Richard Burr even make the list. Talk about thorough.
Vetting: BuzzFeed reports that the Romney campaign will ask former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie, who joined the campaign last week as an adviser, to lead the search for a VP. The vetting process will be more thorough and probing than ever before, in light of 2008 and the Palin experiment.
Wisconsin: Rep. Tammy Baldwin raised $2 million in the first quarter and has $2.7 million on hand.
Connecticut: Rep. Chris Murphy (D): $800k raised, $3 million CoH
Texas: Lt. Gov David Dewhurst (R): $1.66 million raised
Florida: Sen. Bill Nelson (D): $1.6 million raised, $9.5 million CoH
PA-18: The Club for Growth, which had been spending against Rep. Tim Murphy, says it will no longer engage in his primary race against Evan Feinberg.
NC-11: Investor Mark Meadows is up with his first ad buy, an introduction spot for $25k. The primary is May 8.
MI-07: Former Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz previously said he would announce whether he would run for his old seat as a Democrat last week. Still, we have no announcement. He now says he will let the DCCC know his decision within 48 hours.
AZ-01: Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick(D): $307k raised, $655k CoH
CA-39: Jay Chen (D): $305k raised, $247k CoH
CO-06: Joe Mikloski: $235k raised, $350k CoH
FL-22: Adam Hasner (R): $335k raised
NV-04: Danny Tarkanian (R): $344k raised, $290k CoH
OH-16: Rep. Betty Sutton (D): $455k raised, $750k on hand. Rep. Jim Renacci (R): $431k raised, $1.2 million cash on hand.
FL-06: Ron Desantis (R): $227k raised, $218k CoH, Richard Clark (R): $180k raised.
RI-01: Rep. David Cicilline (D), who raised $316k and has over $700k on hand, is apologizing for his management of Providence's finances when he served as Mayor.
Wisconsin Gov: Looks like we are seeing an establishment vs. union battle shaping up in Wisconsin's Democratic Gubernatorial primary. A day after the AFL-CIO endorsed Kathleen Falk, Sen. Herb Kohl endorsed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Kohl joins former Rep. Dave Obey in endorsing Barrett.
New Jersey Gov: Chris Christie's approval ratings are hovering somewhere between God and Jesus, relative to New Jersey. According to Quinnipiac, his approval rating is 59-36. Even 30% of Democrats approve, while 64% of Independents approve.
Most Popular Govs: The Fix ranks the nation's 10 most popular Governors. Not surprisingly, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tops the list.
New Hampshire Redistricting, Congress: Who woulda thunk it would all come down to Kansas? New Hampshire passed its Congressional map yesterday, switching 6 towns between the two districts. The 2nd district, held by Rep. Charlie Bass (R), is made very slightly more Republican.