Amid Christie Scandal, Buono Says Some Democrats Have Buyer's Remorse
Now that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is in hot water over the bridge scandal, Barbara Buono, his rival in the 2013 election, said Democrats who didn’t support her are regretting it.
The list is rife. Patrick Gaspard, the former White House political director and Democratic National Committee executive director, promised help but did not deliver. The committee’s chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, “came at the very end and it was like you were at a funeral, she was just not very encouraging.” When Ms. Buono asked the chairwoman to send out an email from her fund-raising list, Ms. Wasserman Schultz suggested she would and then “didn’t even do that; isn’t that sad?”
You don’t want this headline. You really don’t. You don’t want this headline, you don’t want the story, you don’t want the hassle that’s about to happen.
--Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach, promising to give Wisconsin Republicans “all out hell” if they proceed with their plan to approve two new anti-abortion bills next Tuesday.
Tammy Baldwin earns Senate ‘golden gavel’
All those extra hours of Senate session recently have a silver lining — or make that gold — for Sen. Tammy Baldwin.
The Wisconsin Democrat is the first frosh to snag the chamber’s “golden gavel”award, bestowed on senators who’ve spent 100 hours presiding over the chamber — a duty that involves lots of rule-consultation, roll-call-ordering, and the occasional banging of a (non-golden) gavel to create order on the floor. The Loop had reported that she was leading the freshman class in its informal derby to see who could cross the 100-hour mark first. (Hey, they’re competitive types.)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid praised Baldwin’s fortitude. “We have not had a harder working senator,” he said, admitting that some of the time she served in the chair might not have “been too much fun.”
And no matter how dull things can get in the Senate, at least she hasn’t fallen asleep in the chair, as Rep. George (R-N.C.) Holden apparently did yesterday.
Not everything is terrible. Tammy Baldwin exists.
Dealing with terrorists has taught us some things,” said Washington Rep. Jim McDermott after voting no on one of Thursday’s GOP bills. “You can’t deal with ’em. This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare—affordable health care—in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can’t figure out how to admit it.” Why would House Democrats give away what the Supreme Court and the 2012 electorate didn’t? “You can’t say, OK, you get half of Obamacare—this isn’t a Solomonic decision,” McDermott said. “So we sit here until they figure out they fuckin’ lost.
--The intransigence of Democrats, from Obama on down to red-state senators, has surprised the GOP. (via dendroica)
Governor material? Mary Burke has a track record of executive experience : Wsj
In a career spanning private business, nonprofit organizations and state government, the Madison School Board member has used her executive skills to get the job done, even when it has
Mary Burke for Wisconsin Governor in 2014? Thoughts?