Campaign 2012

Florida Republican’s Ad Depicts Children Enslaved by Obama

By on 1.24.12 | 2:35PM

Children are shown as slaves forced to pay for deficit spending in a new advertisement for a Republican congressional candidate in Florida.

"Turn This Ship Around" is the title of the 30-second video for Mark Oxner, a businessman seeking a House seat in Florida's new 27th District, where former Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson is hoping to get back in Congress after being defeated in his 2010 re-election bid.

Sean Bielat Launches 2012 Race Targeting Joe Kennedy III

By on 1.13.12 | 11:58AM

In 2010, few GOP congressional candidates battled longer odds or inspired more admiration than Sean Bielat, the Marine veteran who challenged Barney Frank in the 4th District of Massachusetts. A month ago, Bielat told me he was nearing a decision on mounting another challenge for the same seat, which has been redistricted to include slightly more Republican-friendly precincts.

Now, the Kennedy family has put up its own candidate as heir apparent to Frank's seat, and Bielat previewed his 2012 campaign in a fundraising letter to conservatives:

Gingrich’s Growing Immigration Headache

By on 11.27.11 | 1:56AM

Newt Gingrich's attempt to offer a "nuanced" policy on illegal immigration in Tuesday's GOP presidential debate may have exposed his Achille's heel, and the former House Speaker's Republican rivals are seeking to take advantage of that perceived vulnerability.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann offered what she called "more evidence indicating that Newt Gingrich is the most liberal GOP candidate," in a press release that cites a pro-amnesty letter Gingrich signed in 2004.

The Gingrich letter, sponsored by the neoconservative National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), called for President Bush to offer a "new path" via guest-worker arrangements and to "recognize that those already working here outside the law are unlikely to leave." The letter was co-authored by longtime pro-immigration activist Tamar Jacoby and originally published Feb. 6, 2004, in the Wall Street Journal.

Huckabee to Endorse Conservative in Michigan Senate Race

By on 11.8.11 | 8:46PM

Mike Huckabee will endorse a Tea Party-backed candidate in the Michigan GOP Senate primary. The American Spectator has learned. The endorsement Wednesday from the former Arkansas governor is expected to be a major boost for Gary Glenn, waging an insurgent campaign for the Republican nomination to face Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012.

"People had thought we had a two-man race between [former U.S. Rep. Pete] Hoekstra and [charter school executive Clark] Durant," said a source close to the Glenn campaign. "But the people of Michigan didn't get that memo."

An endorsement by Huckabee, whose 2008 presidential campaign made him a popular figure with grassroots conservatives, would lend Glenn's campaign instant national credibility and can be expected to boost his fundraising efforts.

New Hampshire Reportedly Considering Primary in December

By on 10.8.11 | 11:04AM

At the end of last month, I warned of the likely consequences if Florida followed through on its threat to hold its primary Jan. 31. Yesterday, it was reported that the Iowa GOP had tentatively picked a Jan. 3 date for their traditional first-in-the-nation caucuses -- a big "bah, humbug!" to America, whose holiday season would be ruined by campaign news.

A Jan. 3 date for the Iowa caucuses would seem to dictate a Jan. 10 date for the New Hampshire primary -- state law requiring them to hold the nation's first primary -- but that might not be soon enough for the Granite State:

Third Iowa Staffer Resigns From Herman Cain Campaign

By on 7.5.11 | 1:10AM

Former Des Moines Tea Party leader Charlie Gruschow has resigned from Atlanta businessman Herman Cain's presidential campaign, the third resignation from Cain's Iowa staff in recent days.

Gruschow resigned Sunday "to pursue other interests," Iowa-based conservative blogger Shane Vander Hart reported, adding: "Gruschow had been an early supporter and activist for Cain having been with him since last year even though he was only on the payroll since May." Gruschow had been quoted in a Sunday article by Politico saying he was "optimistic" about the Cain campaign in Iowa.

What Does Pawlenty Believe Now?

By on 3.30.11 | 3:50PM

Politico reported yesterday that presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty is still on the cap-and-trade apology leg of his tour. This is admirable and necessary for "T-Paw" to be a viable candidate in 2012, but not an especially difficult decision considering that not even many Senate Democrats could bring themselves to support the policy last year. It's a no-brainer.

Pawlenty has actually been running away from cap-and-trade for a while now. From Politico:

"Everybody in the race, at least the big names in the race, embraced climate change or cap-and-trade at one point or another, every one of us, so there's no one who has been in executive position whose name is being bantered in a first or second-tier way who hasn't embraced it in some way," the former Minnesota governor said on the "Laura Ingraham Show."