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Another Bill Comes Due

Hispanic Democrats look ahead. Plus: A GOP Northeast (no kidding).

By 6.13.03

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BOSTON JUMPING BEAN SOUP
There is further fallout from Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe's seeming uninterest in keeping his Hispanic voter base happy. As the Prowler reported on Tuesday, members of the DNC's Hispanic Caucus have been upset at the party's ignoring Hispanic voters (i.e. refusing to pony up money in support of Hispanic voter outreach). McAuliffe has basically responded to these concerns by ignoring them. Now comes word that the Hispanic Caucus has put forth a resolution calling on McAuliffe to appoint New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson as chairman of the 2004 National Convention to be held in Boston.

"McAuliffe probably thinks that's a good idea," says a DNC staffer who has not seen the resolution. "Our governors have been getting a higher profile anyway. This kind of thing makes sense."

Richardson, for his part, would probably jump at the opportunity. Apparently in New Mexico, one of the most corrupt states in the union, the governor doesn't have much to do. Just Wednesday Richardson announced opening a new investigation... into who really killed Billy the Kid.

WHO NEEDS THE NORTHEAST?
Karl Rove was in New York on Tuesday meeting with Republican fundraisers from New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, looking to finalize plans for one of President Bush's first big fundraisers, tentatively scheduled for June 23. While Republicans are trying to tamp down expectations by saying the event will "only" pull in $2 million, some fundraisers are privately telling associates they hope to raise between $5 million and $7 million at the event.

A similar big event is being planned in Washington, D.C. around the same time, and again expectations are that Bush will wildly exceed any of the conservative figures being thrown about.

Rove pointedly told those attending the lunch that all the states in the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, would be in play in 2004 for Republicans, and that this initial fundraiser was just the beginning of the campaign for Bush to win several of the states he had banked on in 2000. This is probably a reference above all to Pennsylvania, where Bush was hopeful of winning the state thanks to the efforts of then Gov. Tom Ridge. It didn't quite turn out that way.

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