New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a strong supporter of Republican Mitt Romney, may have offered up the first hint of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the presidential contest, as he showered President Barack Obama with early praise. From Politico.com:
“It’s been very good working with the president,” Christie said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “He and his administration have been coordinating with us. It’s been wonderful.”
The GOP governor also sent out a thankful tweet: “I want to thank the President personally for all his assistance as [we] recover from the storm.”
Christie said he spoke with Obama three times on Monday, including at midnight, when Obama agreed to speed along an major disaster declaration for New Jersey without all the “normal FEMA mumbo jumbo.” The declaration was issued this morning, according to Christie.
Christie is just as effusive in this clip from CBS’ “This Morning”:
Saturday voting pushed the number of votes cast in Georgia beyond the 1 million mark. According to the latest demographic analysis from Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office, the percentage of African-American votes didn’t go down, as many Republicans anticipated. It actually went up a point, to 34 percent. Black voters cast 30 percent of the vote in 2008.
Tex McIver, the seven-year member of Georgia’s State Election Board, will head up Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-voter fraud effort in Florida.
“Operating out of the Florida Unified Republican Command Center in Tampa, I will be reviewing reports taken by phone from poll watchers throughout the state who perceive or observe voting fraud,” said McIver, the board’s vice-chairman. He’ll be in charge of dispatching attorneys.
McIver said that as a member of the elections board, he’s adjudicated several hundred voter fraud cases, and said the is “familiar with the universal patterns used by cheaters to try and influence elections.”
In this footage from Lori Geary and Channel 2 Action News, you’ll see that Debbie Dooley of Atlanta Tea Party Patriots came out Monday against the charter school measure on the Nov. 6 ballot:
This statement from Julianne Thompson, posted on PeachPundit.com, indicates Dooley wasn’t acting solo:
The Atlanta Tea Party has been neutral on the issue (of the charter school amendment) and has provided both sides equally, but due to the constant attacks by some, because we have not endorsed it, we are publicly stating our concerns with the amendment and why we cannot come out in support of it. We remain committed to school choice, vouchers, charter schools, and educational savings accounts.
11Alive is out with an automated Survey-USA poll that shows one in three voters still undecided on the charter school measure:
When asked how certain they were about the amendment, 38 percent said they would vote ‘Yes’, 29 percent said ‘No’ and 33 percent were ‘Uncertain.’
Normally, you would assume that most of the undecided voters would stay home. But since a presidential contest is the big draw, you’ll have to think that they’ll be in the mix – and could shift to the negative side if they aren’t persuaded in the next seven days.
State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, e-mailed supporters with an interesting endorsement – referencing that yanked video from Chris Boedeker, alleging that Holcomb had used illegal drugs while in the military:
I have been trying to get the word out that there isn’t any truth in my opponent’s allegations. Fortunately, you don’t have to simply take my word for it. Now, my opponent’s political allies are saying the same thing.
On Friday, Erick Erickson, author of the Red State blog, conservative radio talk show host and CNN political contributor, endorsed me over my Republican opponent. His published endorsement reads: “I’m proud to support Democrat Scott Holcomb for re-election in the State House. Better an honest Democrat than a lying fool.”
The Congressional Leadership Fund today released its first and only ad in the12th Congressional District – one more effort to tie Democratic incumbent John Barrow to President Barack Obama:
The judgment from the New York Times on the future of the Benghazi, Libya story between now and Election Day:
Interviews with American officials and an examination of State Department documents do not reveal the kind of smoking gun Republicans have suggested would emerge in the attack’s aftermath such as a warning that the diplomatic compound would be targeted and that was overlooked by administration officials.
What is clear is that even as the State Department responded to the June attacks, crowning the Benghazi compound walls with concertina wire and setting up concrete barriers to thwart car bombs, it remained committed to a security strategy formulated in a very different environment a year earlier.
In the heady early days after the fall of Colonel Qaddafi’s government, the administration’s plan was to deploy a modest American security force and then increasingly rely on trained Libyan personnel to protect American diplomats — a policy that reflected White House apprehensions about putting combat troops on the ground as well as Libyan sensitivities about an obtrusive American security presence.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider