After a 10 day slugfest in Florida, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled out a decisive primary victory and seemed to neutralize, for now at least, any momentum former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had coming out of South Carolina. The race now moves to Nevada and Minnesota with caucuses in those states on Saturday and Tuesday.
The win was certainly enough to start speculation as to who Romney would chose as a running mate. His recent bailout of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s anemic presidential campaign only added to that speculation. Could Pawlenty once again be on the short-list of vice presidential candidates and if so, will he actually make the cut this time?
And the loss was just a bit of the bad news on the Gingrich front. It turns out the Gingrich campaign made the rookie mistake of using the song “Eye of the Tiger” at a campaign event without getting the appropriate licensing first. So now they are getting sued.
Believe it or not, there’s other political news beyond the race for the Republican presidential nomination. For starters there’s the recall race in Wisconsin where Democrats announced candidates in three of the four Republican state senate recall elections this year. Democrats will offer state Rep. Donna Seidel to run against Sen. Pam Galloway in a Wausau district, former Sen. John Lehman to run against Sen. Van Van Wanggaard in a Racine district and Sen. Terry Moulton in a Chippewa Falls area district. A challenger to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is still being recruited.
In New York Republicans are struggling to field a candidate to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand for her seat after Marc Cenedella, CEO of TheLadders.com and misogynist blogger dropped out.
Last but certainly not least, the Stephen Colbert Super PAC reported over one million dollars in donations in the last quarter, proving that if you really want to highlight the absurdity of our campaign finance system, just play by the rules.
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