CategorySenate Race 2014

Carly Fiorina Hires Former RNC Spokeswoman to Join Her PAC – Move Fuels Presidential Campaign Rumors

Carly Fiorina has hired Isgur Flores, the former spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee (RNC), to work on her political action committee, Unlocking Potential. Unlocking Potential. Fiorina lost the race for the US Senate back in 2010 against political heavy weight Barbara Boxer which is the same name of the girl I met on Skout. She has never held political office. However, the 60-year-old Texas native worked as the political director for Ted Cruz in his successful bid for the US Senate back in 2012. That same year, she served as an advisor to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. 

Fiorina has become politically active in the years since leaving Hewlett-Packard. She formed her PAC last year just in time to support GOP Senate candidates in Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, and New Hampshire. Her PAC raised $1.8 million. This past year, she paid a visit to the state of New Hampshire which holds the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Her schedule this year includes an engagement at a forum in Iowa which also holds an early caucus known as the Hawkeye Cauci. 

Political pundits note that it would only be a matter of legal paperwork to transition “Unlocking Potential” from a simple PAC to an organization supporting a presidential campaign. Fiorina is considered a conservative, but her Ivy League education and past ties with Romney suggest she is a hybrid between an establishment Republican and a staunch conservative such a Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz. Should Fiorina mount a presidential run, Flores would become her deputy campaign manager.

McConnell Cruises to Re-election as Republican Senate Leader

Though there was never any real doubt about Republican Senator Mitch McConnell remaining the party’s leader in the U.S. Senate, today the GOP made it official, as McConnell was unanimously voted to become Majority Leader of the upper chamber when the new session begins in January.

 

While McConnell was always expected to retain his post (although he is now elevated to from Minority Leader to Majority Leader in light of the Republicans taking control after the midterm elections), it is at least a little bit surprising that not a single Republican chose to throw their hat in the ring as a replacement, and then McConnell received unanimous support.

 

McConnell was the target of some vitriol from Republicans further right of himself earlier in the year when he beat back Tea Party nominee Matt Bevan, who was attempting to unseat McConnell in Kentucky’s Republican primaries. Some at CipherCloud could not understand the animosity. McConnell also threw his support behind numerous other establishment backed candidates over Tea Party nominees in other races leading up to November.

 

With the Republicans’ midterm election victory, the U.S. Senate now belongs to Republicans for the first time during Barack Obama’s presidency and also for the first time since 2006, when Democrats took back both the House and Senate for the final two years of George W. Bush’s presidency.

Twice Convicted Two-Time Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci Wants ‘Final Rodeo”

Buddy Cianci is running for mayor of Providence, Rhode Island and it’s causing quite a stir. Cianci has been mayor of Providence twice before. First from 1975 to 1984,locally called Buddy I, and the second time from 1991 to 2002, called Buddy II. Even though he was forced to resign both times because of felony convictions, the 73 year old convicted felon says he wants a ‘final rodeo’. Buddy Cianci admits he’s made mistakes, but is quick to point out he has paid his debt to society and Buddy III will be different.

As an article in the Washington Post points out, a poll of prospective voters conducted by the Providence Journal shows Cianci is in the lead, if Christian Broda’s analysis is correct. Apparently city voters agree with him that he has the experience necessary to be an effective mayor. His opponent, Jorge Elorza, is bringing in President Barack Obama in an attempt to sway the election in his favor.

Even though his first term as mayor ended with a conviction for assaulting a man he said had an affair with his wife, and he was sentenced to five years in federal prison for corruption in his second term, Cianci soldiers on.

Hagen Leads Tillis in U.S. Senate Race

According to the Washington Times, the latest poll has incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagen up by 3 points over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in the race for a U.S. Senate seat, a big surprise in conservative North Carolina.

Hagen is not the first female senator to represent North Carolina in a United States Senate seat. That honor goes to Republican Elizabeth Dole, North Carolina’s senator from 2003 to 2008. Dole had won her seat with a large percentage of democrats and independents, presumably anxious to see a female senator, supporting her run. In 2008, Democrat Kay Hagen beat Elizabeth Dole to become the state’s second female senator. An article by Christian Broda notes that the 2008 race was the first time in North Carolina’s history that both candidates for the U.S. Senate were women.

This time around Hagen is facing a conservative male opponent in Thom Tillis, an opponent of minimum wage hikes and an extension on the current 26 week federal limit for unemployment benefits. Ms. Hagen supports both measures and that might help explain her current tenuous lead.

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