Archive for the 'New Jersey' Category

Lighting the Torch

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Tom Kean has released a new ad comparing scandal-ridden Sen. Robert Menendez to disgraced former Sen. Robert Torracelli.  The ad uses a media reference that makes the tie itself.  Amid continuing speculation that Democrats may once again pull a switch-a-roo before the election, the Menendez campaign will surely be undermined, as that strategy has worked […]

After Labor Day: Where Things Stand

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Now that Labor Day has passed, the campaigns enter their final stretch.  Here’s a quick glance at where things stand going into the home stretch:
Republican Held Seats
Arizona - Despite dipping deep into his personal fortune, former Democrat State Party Chair Jim Pederson has been unable to cut into Sen. Jon Kyl’s solid lead.  Democrats were once […]

Republicans Head to the Polls in Montana and New Jersey

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

Today Republicans in two states will choose their candidates in two very important Senate races.  In Montana, incumbent Sen. Conrad Burns, one of the Senate’s most reliable conservatives, faces a primary challenge from the underfunded State Senate Minority Leader Bob Keenan.  Keenan entered the day expecting defeat, but considers himself to have accomplished something by […]

Running from the Base

Thursday, May 4th, 2006

New Jersey Senate candidate Tom Kean reiterated his support for federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research during a trip to Israel.  The comments are sure to add fuel to the fire, i.e. the John Ginty campaign, that is now burning the ties between Kean and New Jersey’s conservatives.  He has apparently decided to dismiss the importance […]

First Quarter Filings

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

The Hill has an excellent roundup of Senate fundraising numbers for the first quarter.
Some observations:
Arizona - Jim Pederson has not invested the money that he would have needed to make this competitive.  He has already spent over $1 million and has fallen in the polls.  The Democrats might have had a chance to win this.  That is no longer […]

Menendez Feeling Safer

Monday, April 10th, 2006

It was inevitable.  Republican presumptive nominee Tom Kean now has a primary challenger.  Conservative activist John Ginty has decided to challenge the GOP front-runner and RINO extraordinaire in the June primary.  This was inevitable in New Jersey, as the conservative activists and the Whitman-like establishment are simply meant never to get along.  Liberals don’t give […]

Pallone Declines; Sen. Menendez v. Kean

Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Following up on a post from Monday, Rep. Frank Pallone has decided not to challenge Senator-select Menendez in a primary.  This clears the way for a Menendez-Kean race in November.
Also, Menendez was sworn into the Senate today.

Menendez Gets a Break

Monday, January 16th, 2006

On Friday, Rep. Rob Andrews announced that he will not challenge Senator-select Robert Menendez in a primary for the seat vacated by now-Gov. Jon Corzine.  While Rep. Frank Pallone is still contemplating a challenge, this would make it extremely difficult for him to mount a serious challenge, especially as the national Party is attempting to […]

Codey Balks

Thursday, November 24th, 2005

Acting New Jersey Governor Dick Codey has taken himself out of consideration for the Senate seat being vacated by Governor-elect Jon Corzine. The departure leaves Corzine a bunch of options who run close races against the sole Republican (INO) declared candidate Tom Kean. Kean and his potential opponents seem to create a typical New Jersey […]

Primary Challengers Bail

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

This week, two primary challengers, one potential one actual, ended any talk of their candidacies. In Utah, state Rep. Steve Urquhart abandoned his short-lived bid to take out Sen. Orrin Hatch, a frequent thorn in the side of conservatives. Urquhart planned to run a different type of campaign, focusing on volunteer efforts to get his […]