| Happy Easter Monday. Hope everyone had a blessed holiday weekend
Romney: The Romney campaign is moving in for the kill in PA: The campaign is investing $2.9 million between today and the primary (Apr 24). See the link for full breakdown of the ads by market. The campaign is investing in the Erie, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Johnstown, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg/Lancaster/Lebanon/York media markets. They are ignoring Santorum's home base of Allegheny.
More Romney: NYT details Mitt Romney's long relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It began back in the 1970's, when both worked at the Boston Consulting Group. The two have remained close and worked together when Romney was MA Gov. Netanyahu and Romney still speak frequently about Middle East policy. One thing is for certain: Under a Romney administration, our relationship with Israel would certainly be better than it is today.
Santorum: Prayers to the Santorum family and their 3 year old daughter, Bella, who was hospitalized over the weekend. Rick has canceled all campaign events today.
Paul: While Ron Paul will not be the GOP Presidential nominee this year, his two campaigns and his organization have helped give the Paul camp a solid base in the party, with like minded people gaining influence in local parties.
Gingrich: Newt Gingrich is blaming his staff for his debt, saying they spent too much trying to win FL. He also says he has self-funded part of his campaign. You know, with all the money he made as a "historian" for Frannie-Freddie.
More Santorum: The Santorum campaign is continuing to give Santorum more wiggle room for a pre-PA withdrawal. Now, instead of saying its not over until someone gets 1,144, campaign manager John Brabender is saying that the campaign will "respect" if it becomes clear another candidate will reach 1,144. He also says Santorum had $1.2 million on hand at the end of March.
Even More Santorum: Rick Perry's spokesman confirms that Perry and Santorum recently met in Texas, calling it a "courtesy visit".
Romney Victory: The RNC and Romney campaign made their joint-fundraising committee, Romney Victory, Inc., official with the FEC. Donors can donate up to $75,000. The first $2,500 goes to Romney's primary account, the next $2,500 to his general account, the next $30,800 to the RNC, and the rest is divided between the Idaho, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Vermont Republican parties. Anyone know why these, rather than swing states, were chosen? Seems like odd choices.
Crossroads: The king of the Super PAC's plans to begin its first real assault on President Obama in swing states soon. They plan to focus heavily on attacking Obama between May and July, a period they believe is crucial in forming voters opinions, pre-convention.
Utah: A poll of delegates to the convention taken by a pro-Orrin Hatch Super PAC finds Hatch below the 60% necessary to avoid a convention. Hatch takes 50% to former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist's 19%.
Nebraska: Americans for Prosperity is continuing its campaign to kill Bob Kerrey's campaign in the cradle. It is up with another spot attacking Kerrey for his liberal positions, and for trying to bring his liberal ideas from NYC to Nebraska.
Maine: A poll by the Maine People's Resource Center shows King Angus (I) leading SoS Charlie Summers (R) and former SoS Matt Dunlap (D) 56-22-12. In the primaries, Summers leads Treasurer Bruce Poliquin 28-12, with former Senate President Rick Bennett at 7 percent, assistant Senate Majority Leader Debra Plowman at 6% and Scott D'Amboise and Attorney General William Schneider at 4%. On the Democratic side, Sen. Cynthia Dill leads Dunlap 20-17 and Rep. Jon Hinck at 6%.
IL-16: We thought we had heard the last of this one. But, we have not. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who alreaady ruffled feathers when he endorsed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R) over Rep. Don Manzullo (R), is drawing ire from members of the caucus for donating $25k to the Campaign for Primary Accountability, which ran anti-Manzullo ads, but has also ran ads against other Republican incumbents, including Rep. Jean Schmidt, who lost her primary.
IL-13: After Rep. Tim Johnson's surprise retirement, his former chief of staff and Randy Hultgren's current CoS Jerry Clarke will announce a run for the seat today. Former John Shimkus aide Rodney Davis is leaning towards a bid.
Oregon: I guess we can rule out Chris Dudley for a 2014 Gubernatorial run: the former Portland trailblazer is moving to California for his wife's career.