Pence Staff Move Raises National Profile
Politico - "Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, a rising star among House Republicans, has hired two high-profile national campaign operatives, a move that raises his profile for a possible statewide or even nationwide run.
"Pence, the House's third-ranking Republican, hired Kellyanne Conway - a well-known Republican pollster who has worked for Newt Gingrich, Major League Baseball and the National Rifle Association - as a campaign strategist. Bill Neale, an Indianapolis-based attorney who formerly served as Dan Quayle's treasurer, will take on the role of Pence's treasure."
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NRA Fires Off Mailing for Scott Brown
US News and World Report - " The National Rifle Association became the latest group to enter the Massachusetts senate race this week, spending a bit under $20,000 to mail four-color postcards to Bay State voters, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission. The mailing is, not surprisingly, on behalf of Republican Scott Brown. In the last few days the race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy has become a magnet for political dollars from national groups who see the contest as being about the filibuster-breaking 60th Democratic senate vote and the fate of healthcare reform. Indeed, the NRA's $20,000 foray is fairly low-key compared to other sums that have been spent, mostly on television ads...Brown's allies include the Chamber of Commerce, with $443,000, the American Future Fund with $375,000 and Americans for Responsible Health Care with $204,000.
"Interestingly, the National Republican Senatorial Campaign still doesn't seem to have sunk any cash into the race."
Obama Style vs. Tea Party Substance
Rasmussen Reports (Michael Barone) - "The Obama enthusiasts who dominated so much of the 2008 campaign cycle were motivated by style. The tea party protesters who dominated so much of 2009 were motivated by substance. Obama enthusiasts seem to have been motivated by a yearning for a rapturous, nuanced leader. Send that terrible tyrant with his tortured sentences and moral certitude back to Texas and install The One in the White House, and all would be well.
"In contrast, the tea party protesters, many of them as fractious and loudmouthed as [New York Times Columnist David] Brooks thinks, are interested in substantive political issues. They decry the dangers of expanding the national debt, increasing government spending and putting government in command of the health care sector."
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