Here’s a roundup of the latest 2004 Senate news:
1. The Seattle Times speculates on whether Republican Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn will challenge Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in 2004. They have a good profile of Dunn.
2. Republican Congressman and Club For Growth protege Pat Toomey may launch a primary challenge to Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). Specter deserves a challenge, or at least a good scare, because of his votes in the Senate. Specter helped “Bork” Rober Bork and voted against impeaching Bill Clinton because of “Scottish law.” More recently, he voted, along with John McCain, to trim the 2001 Bush tax cuts from $1.6 trillion to $1.2 trillion (a House-Senate conference brought it back up to $1.35 trillion.) Specter is on the judiciary committee and, if current Judiciary Chairman Orrin Hatch were to retire, Specter would take over. Think about that.
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3. Republican Congressman Jeff Flake is looking increasingly likely to challenge JohnMcCain for his Senate seat in 2004. Flake will be well-funded by Club For Growth donors like me, who’ve developed a loathing for McCain in the last two years. McCain has defied his party on just about every divisive issue - tax cuts, Campaign Finance “Reform", “global warming", even Homeland Security. McCain has an 85% approval rating among independents and a 60% approval rating among Democrats, but only a 40% approval rating among Republicans. Depending on the outcome of some lawsuits, Arizona’s Republican Primary could be a closed primary where only Republicans would vote. That would give McCain nightmares.
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4. California Republicans have been mentioning US Treasurer Rosario Marin as a possible challenger to Senator Barbara Boxer in 2004. Despite her name being on our currency, not many people have heard of Marin, including me. However, “US Treasurer” certainly sounds impressive and should help her close the stature gap with incumbent Boxer.
Oh, and Marin’s Hispanic.
5. Republicans are hoping for three cabinet members to challenge senators in their home states in 2004: HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson against Russ Feingold (D-WI), HUD Secretary Mel Martinez against Bob Graham (D-FL) and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice against Barbara Boxer (D-CA). Unfortunately, I doubt if any of them will do so.