Clinton GOP endorsements: The Clinton campaign rolled out 40 more endorsements from Republicans yesterday. There were no big names on the list however-mostly people who served in Republican administrations along with 3 ex-members of Congress who would all be classified as moderates: Sherwood Boehlert of New York, Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island and Joe Schwarz of Michigan.
Johnson’s “Aleppo moment” II: Gary Johnson appears to be covering up somewhat for his inability to name a foreign leader he looks up to during a Wednesday town hall on MSNBC which he called an “Aleppo moment”. He tweeted out yesterday that after almost 24 hours, he still couldn’t come up with a name of a foreign leader he looks up to.
Trump-debate polling: The Trump campaign is sticking to their guns on the “who won the debate” question-insisting that the online polls they dominated provided a “much more accurate reflection” of who won the debate than the scientific polls that showed Clinton winning. They also backed up Trump’s assertion that the debate had been rigged to spare Clinton from tough follow-up questions and supported a Trump assertion that Google was working to hide negative information about Clinton-a story which Breitbart News aggregated from Sputnik News, a Russian controlled news agency.
Trump fundraising: The Trump campaign reported raising $18 million in the 24 hours after Monday’s debate, an impressive fundraising haul for such a short period of time. But upon closer examination, it may not be quite as impressive as it looked. It’s unclear how much of the money was for the campaign and how much was for the RNC, and how much of it was actual cash vs. pledges. It also isn’t clear how much of it is from the small donors that he said it came from. What is clear is that only $5 million of it came from online donations, which is where most of the small donations fueled by grassroots energy come from, and the other $13 million came through phone solicitations by major donors and campaign insiders, including Trump’s children and Mike Pence.
USA Today endorsement: For the first time in its 34 year history, USA Today is taking an editorial position in the presidential race. They are giving a non-endorsement to Donald Trump, calling him by unanimous consensus of their Editorial Board, “unfit for the presidency”. They go on to criticize him for a number of failings and a lack of “temperament, knowledge, steadiness, and honesty that America needs from its presidents.” But they also make it clear that they are not endorsing Hillary Clinton-pointing out a split decision by their Editorial Board, with some criticizing her “sense of entitlement, lack of candor and extreme carelessness in handling classified information.” They encourage voters to follow their convictions, but especially to not vote for Trump.
Senate Democrats and vulnerable Republicans: Senate Democrats are said to be shunning working with Republican senators seen as vulnerable in order to deprive them of bipartisan accomplishments that they can tout on the campaign trail. As an example Sen. Ron Johnson (R) sponsored a bill to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs to save their lives, but although he got 30 fellow Republicans to sign on to what was a relatively non-controversial bill, he couldn’t find one Democratic cosponsor. Eventually, Sen. Joe Manchin (D) signed on to the bill. Sen. Pat Toomey (R) also couldn’t find any Democrat willing to work with him on a bill intended to stop suspected terrorists from buying guns.
NV-Sen: Rep. Joe Heck (R) is getting support from a somewhat surprising group-a conservative group supporting LGBT rights. Heck was not a supporter of same-sex marriage, although he did vote with Democrats on President Obama’s executive order on LGBT job discrimination earlier this year. American Unity PAC is running an ad that uses the oppression of gays in Iran to criticize Catherine Cortez-Masto for her support for the Iran deal.
NJ-Gov. 2017: Assemblyman Jack Ciatarelli (R) has announced he will run for governor next year. He has been considered a likely candidate for awhile, but is considered a longshot to get the nomination. Ciatarelli has refused to endorse Donald Trump, calling him an “embarrassment” and a “charlatan”. Businessman Joseph Rudy Rullo is also running for the Republican nomination, while LG Kim Guadagno and Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. are also considered possible candidates.
VA-Gov. 2017: Businessman Pete Snyder, considered a possible candidate for governor will not run and is instead endorsing Ed Gillespie. Snyder finished 2nd for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2013 and had been considered a possible future candidate for governor, lieutenant governor or US Senate, but in announcing his endorsement of Gillespie, he also said he would not run for any other office in 2017.
GA-AG/GA-Gov. 2018: Although nothing official has been announced, Attorney General Sam Olens (R) will likely be named president of Kennesaw State University soon, and state economic development director Chris Carr will likely be named to replace Olens as AG. Rumors about Olens leaving state government to take the university job have been swirling recently, and taking the job would also take out a top Republican contender for governor in 2018-Olens’ campaign website is no longer functioning.