Thursday, March 01, 2007

Rudy’s judicial “out”reach

Rudy Giuliani hit some speedbumps in his outreach to social conservatives this week both in Iowa and nationally. First, according to friends of the Cooler who attended the Iowa Christian Alliance’s annual spring event last night in Dallas County, Rudy Giuliani’s campaign was missing in action. Many of the 2008 candidates had tables in the foyer including: Huckabee, Brownback, McCain, Romney, even Duncan Hunter and Tom Tancredo. Rudy Giuliani’s campaign on the otherhand was absent.

As we’ve reported here, Rudy Giuliani has acquired a staff in Iowa. They’ve been making phone calls and have been present at a couple events in the last few weeks. It seems strange that they would skip that event. To rub salt in the wound the keynote speaker specifically mentioned the importance of supporting candidates that are pro-life. You would think this is a group Rudy would be targeting, not ducking.

Then Politico piled on. Reporter Ben Smith has this must read article about the not-so constructionist judges Rudy was appointing in New York. Here are some particularly damning passages.

A Politico review of the 75 judges Giuliani appointed to three of New York state's lower courts found that Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 8 to 1. One of his appointments was an officer of the International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges. Another ruled that the state law banning liquor sales on Sundays was unconstitutional because it was insufficiently secular.

A third, an abortion-rights supporter, later made it to the federal bench in part because New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a liberal Democrat, said he liked her ideology.
International Association of Lesbian and Gay Judges huh?

How is that going to play in Sioux County….

Romney throws the first punch…

The Associated Press has the full story, but below is a small sample.

"CONCORD, N.H. -- Republican Mitt Romney assailed his two leading presidential rivals Wednesday, criticizing John McCain's stance on immigration and dismissing Rudy Giuliani's support for gun control, abortion and gay rights as a losing combination in the GOP primary.

Running a distant third in national polls, Romney used a campaign stop in New Hampshire to challenge McCain's support for stronger border security paired with an eventual path to citizenship for some of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.

Also, in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, the former Massachusetts governor criticized Giuliani for his moderate stands on abortion, gays and gun control - even though Romney expressed similar views in previous campaigns."

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Drudge Report: He's In!

McCain announces on CBS 'LATE SHOW' tonight he is running for President, says source that sat through taping... He was sitting in the chair when he told David Letterman and the audience. He was wildly applauded... Show set for broadcast at 11:35 PM ET... MORE...

The New York Duo-

Hillary and Rudy will both be coming to Iowa soon according to the Gazette and Register respectively. Rudy ducked out of the match-up heard round the world in 2000 and let Hillary cruise to a Senate seat. If you believe the polling tea leaves Rudy might get a 2nd chance at Mrs. Clinton. The Register story also confirmed what we reported here first at the Cooler. Mike Duhaimeite Tony Delgado will be in Iowa for Rudy, according to the Register piece he will not be the campaign manager, instead he will serve as Political Director.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Brownback’s Leadership Team

The Cooler’s favorite CCA, Sam Brownback released an impressive leadership team yesterday. Showing regional diversity Brownback made pickups in all corners of the state. From Polk County he added Chris Hagenow, the candidate for county recorder last time out. He’s also added some important Eastern Iowa pro-lifers in Luana Stoltenberg (Davenport) and Ellen Markham (Dubuque).

Here’s a full list of his endorsements:

Randy Crawford of Johnson County—Republican activist
Tim Frank of Clay County—Campaign Manager for Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Chris Hagenow of Polk County—Republican activist
Michelle Howe of Linn County—Pro-life activist
Jon Jacobsen of Pottawattamie County—TS Bank, Republican official
Rev. Dr. James Lamb of Story County—Pastor
Dan Logan of Scott County—Logan Photography, Republican official
Mary Ann Logan of Scott County—Pro-life activist
Larry Morris of Dallas County—Financial Architects
Ellen Markham of Dubuque county—Pro-life activist
Matt Rassmussen of Linn County—Attorney and Republican activist
Dr. Troy Scheuerman of Van Buren County—Chiropractor
Denise Shannon of Jasper County—Businesswoman and Republican activist
Luana Stoltenberg of Scott County—Pro-life activist
Nick Wagner of Linn County—Republican official
Phil Wieseler of Woodbury County—Computer Tech. and Republican activist
Dr. Jerry Yancy of Des Moines County—Physician

The Romney Strategy Via the Boston Globe

We at the Caucus Cooler think this article from the Boston Globe is a must read.

"Here are some views of Mitt Romney causing concern inside his campaign: His hair looks too perfect, he's not a tough war time leader, and he has earned a reputation as "Slick Dancing Mitt" or 'Flip-Flop Mitt.'

Romney and his advisers have identified those perceptions as threats to his bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, according to an exhaustive internal campaign document obtained by the Globe.

The 77-slide PowerPoint presentation offers a revealing look at Romney's pursuit of the White House, outlining a plan for branding himself, framing his competitors, and allaying voter concerns about his record, his Mormon faith, and his shifts on key issues like abortion."

Did we tell you this article is a must read? Just checking.

Yepsen: Vilsack's departure could signal end for others

Good morning from the Cooler staff. David Yepsen has an interesting article about the end of Vilsack's campaign.

"Tom Vilsack's withdrawl from the 2008 race for president is bad news:

- For governors and ex-governors in this contest. (Voters may not put such a high premium on their skills.)

- For those offering the most strident anti-war messages. (They also didn't go the distance for Howard Dean four years ago.)

- For candidates without money. (Not only are the living-room campaigns of the Jimmy Carter era dead, so is the way he raised money.)"

The former Iowa governor quit his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last week, citing a lack of cash."

Monday, February 26, 2007

Breaking-Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee Announces Bill Simon To Join Team As Director Of Policy

Guliani's campaign website has the details...

"The Rudy Giuliani Presidential Exploratory Committee announced today that Bill Simon, co-chairman of William E. Simon & Sons, LLC and former California Republican gubernatorial nominee, has joined the team as Director of Policy

'I am pleased my good friend Bill Simon has joined our campaign team,' Mayor Rudy Giuliani said. 'Bill and I have long shared a vision for the future.'"

Breaking-Warner Endorses McCain

ABC News's Political Radar has the details...but see below for a small taste from their post.

"ABC News' Paul Fidalgo Reports: Despite significant disagreements over the Iraq War, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., gave his endorsement Monday for the presidential bid of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

The two Senators have recently been at odds over the President's escalation of troop levels in Iraq, with McCain being a staunch supporter of the President's policy, and Warner, a former Navy Secretary and World War II veteran, authoring a bill opposing the surge. They have been allies more often than they have been adversaries, however, and Warner's endorsement gives McCain the backing of a well-respected institution of the Senate, the military, and Southern politics in general."

Rumor Has It...

The Cooler staff would like to pass along a rumor that has come to our attention. Supposedly former RNC Early Vote/Absentee Ballot director Tony Delgado will manage Rudy Giuliani’s campaign in Iowa. In addition KC Jones will be the regional political director that oversees the state. Jones spent a brief stint in Iowa working for President Bush. In 2004 she was the Minnesota Deputy E.D. for the president. Most recently she ran Rick O’Donnell’s congressional race in Colorado. A number of Iowa activists with ties to Jones have said they’ve received calls from her in the past week regarding Mayor Giuliani’s campaign.

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