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PoliticalWire Quickies…..Blumenthal, Spitzer, Whitman, Sestak and Giannoulias…..

Pieces from PoliticalWire…please click on thr headline for the link…..

Blumenthal Invents a War Record

At a ceremony honoring military veterans, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), who is running for U.S. Senate, recalled his own service, the New York Times reports.

Said Blumenthal: “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam. And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

“There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal… never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.”

Ben Smith: “That Connecticut Senate seat just got less safe for Democrats.”

Blumenthal is expected to be nominated at the Connecticut Democratic convention on Friday.

Spitzer Not Making Comeback This Year

In an interview with WPIX-TV, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) said he “is not returning to the political arena, at least not this year.”

Said Spitzer: “I don’t have any thoughts about running for political office right now. It is not what I am doing… People have been encouraging me to run for office. I am flattered, and I’m thankful. It feels nice, but it’s not happening.”

Poll Finds Whitman with Big Lead

A new M4 Strategies poll in California finds Meg Whitman (R) holds a 17 point lead over Steve Poizner (R) in the Republican primary for governor, 49% to 32% with 20% still undecided.

This finding conflicts with a poll last week that showed Whitman’s lead disappearing.

Bad Weather Helps Sestak?

The weather forecast tomorrow in PhiladelphiaPittsburgh and most of the rest of Pennsylvania is for rain during voting hours.

Conventional wisdom suggests this may dampen turnout for all but the most enthusiastic voters and will give an edge to Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) in his effort to defeat Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Nate Silver notes that other intangibles seem to favor Sestak as well.

Giannoulias Claims He’s Back in the Race

An internal poll in Illinois released by Alexi Giannoulias (D) shows him even with Republican U.S. Senate rival Mark Kirk (R), 44% to 44%, “making up for ground lost after the failure of the Giannoulias family-owned Broadway Bank.”

Two weeks ago, the campaign’s internal numbers found Kirk leading by six points, 43% to 37%.

May 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , ,


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  2. Man, Blumenthal has a MAJOR Problem now.

    Comment by Daniel G. | May 18, 2010 | Reply

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