Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Mega Edition of Hodgepodge

While the Cooler's been trying to fix the finicky internet at Cooler HQ, the Caucus campaigns have been in high gear. So here's a large edition of hodgepodge.

  • 21st Century Freedom PAC will be hosting a group of Iowa activists tomorrow at their old headquarters with their bare-bones support structure. Senator Stu Iverson is still on board as well as leading fundraiser Diane Crookham-Johnson. Team Pataki is said to be currently looking for new mid and lower level staff having lost Craig Schoenfeld, Erik Helland (McCain), Loras Schulte, Jo-Ellen Hill and Noreen Bush (McCain). Many Iowa activists have reported being invited in this attempt to reinvigorate Pataki's Iowa efforts.
  • Explore McCain has reportedly hired field staff to supplement the mid-level staff and consultants we discussed last week. Expect McCain to have a full field staff before the end of the year.
  • Recall that Commonwealth PAC has had a handful of field staffers since the summer months. Key PAC advisors David Kochel and Gentry Collins are looking to add to that number before the new year as well and are reportedly interviewing field staff this week.
  • The Hotline has an interesting post today on McCain/Pataki/Romney's DC actions, including McCain's Christmas party with an all-star cast of attendees and a Pataki ex-Governor reunion dinner coming up this weekend.
  • Rudy Giuliani's Exploratory Committee brought on Sandra Pack to deal with the dollars. Pack was the CFO for BC04 and served in the finance office of Bob Dole and Phil Gramm.
  • And we just have to do this to needle our buddy Murphy a bit. A recent Scott Rasmussen poll shows Tom Vilsack at 39% and Mitt Romney at 35% in a head to head race for the Presidency. Vilsack gets crunched by McCain or Giuliani.

Whew- That's a lot to catch up on. Comment away.


Blogger murphy said...

Well needled, CC. If the election were tomorrow, Romney would have problems if he's in a dead heat with Vilsuck.

Fortunately, it's not tomorrow. I haven't talked to a single normal person who can name more than McCain and Hillary...and some can't even do that. We political junkies are an unusual breed.

My eyes are set on the Iowa Caucus and GOP nomination, and preliminary insider signs are good for team Romney. Upward and onward!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Signs are good for team Romney- Murph. See the Cooler Line as proof we agree.

Figured we'd have a little fun with ya though.

3:48 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

yank yank, eh? :)

3:52 PM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

It's been fun watching the forces mount around Romney . . .

The top national and key primary state activists are lining up with Romney at a greater rate than anyone else. That, along with his HUGE fundraising capabilities (and personal wealth) would make him a force to be reckoned with even if he wasn't brilliant, articulate, telegenic, and "easy on the eyes" for the ladies. All of it together make him the total package---that is why even the Dems and liberal media are already starting to lambaste him at every chance. They're scared of the man as he is their nightmare. A morally- principled articulate effective executive with no evidence of a hint of corruption in his personal or professional life. 80% of the MSM "hit peices" on the GOP/conservatives wouldn't fit for ROmney.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad about the Big Dig debacle and his negligent oversight there, Jeff. And it's too bad Mitt ran as a pro-choice liberal - then kept his word and governed like one, too.

You're right, he's a nightmare. A pretty-faced, wealthy nightmare, but a nightmare nonetheless.

The party elites can mount around Romney all they want. Conservative voters won't believe his act once they get to know him.

2:18 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

anon 2:18

Too bad about the Big Dig debacle and his negligent oversight there, Jeff. And it's too bad Mitt ran as a pro-choice liberal - then kept his word and governed like one, too.

Do you have any idea of what you're talking about? At all?

3:55 PM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Yeah, Anon 2:18 is pretty "out there". Must be a liberal . . . they don't let silly things like facts get in the way.

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people are in denial. Romney is going to be a non-starter when the facts get out about him.

Keep whistling in the graveyard, folks.

9:39 AM  

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