On the same day Rep. John Conyers’s (D-Mich.) wife was sentenced to three years in prison for taking bribes, news broke that Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) and a top aide were subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury. It’s not clear what the issue with Kilpatrick is, but you’ll recall her son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, served time in jail for corruption. This is not only bad news for Kilpatrick, who learned last week that she will face a primary challenge from state Rep. Hansen Clarke, but also for Democratic leaders. With the foibles in New York fresh in everyone’s mind, the timing of these troubles in Michigan are rounding out a picture Republicans are hoping to paint. Kilpatrick could also be in some serious trouble in her primary, having won in 2008 with just 37 percent of the vote.
GOP and conservative leaders appear to be rallying around Dan Senor in New York, with Rudy Giuliani, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn, Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and state GOP Chairman Ed Cox among those urging Senor to run. He is also reportedly talking about hiring consultants, namely McLaughlin and Associates. We’ve seen too many people dip their toe in the water in New York, only to recoil, but most of them are established politicians with something to lose. Senor has much to gain from running a campaign, even if he loses. He would build name recognition for future runs and wouldn’t have steep expectations on his candidacy. He is expected to decide on a bid by next month.
Red to Blue to red in the face
Rob Miller was one of 13 Democrats added to the initial stage of the DCCC’s Red to Blue program for challengers and open-seat candidates on Wednesday. But his first day as a top hope for his party didn’t go so smoothly. McClatchy reports that Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) challenger is claiming that he didn’t prevent media from filming a speech he gave recently at a Democratic club. But e-mails obtained by McClatchy, including one from the event’s organizer, say pretty clearly that the cameras were excluded at the Miller campaign’s request. “I was unaware that the (Miller) campaign wouldn’t allow the taping of Mr. Miller's speech until they complained,” Irmo Democratic Club Treasurer Bill Salter wrote to a local TV reporter. “I personally disagree with this stance.”