Top of the ballot: California spending

California Republicans could be setting a new record for spending, White House jobs are an issue in Colorado, and with Vito Fossella out of the picture, the race for the GOP nod to take on Rep. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) appears all wrapped up. 

Going on a spender in California

California Republican Steve Poizner spent more than $17 million on his gubernatorial effort between March 18 and May 22, according to his pre-primary financial report.

Poizner had only $3 million cash on hand as of May 22 after spending some $24 million from his own fortune. His GOP rival for the nod, former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, has yet to release her numbers.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown only spent about $320,000 through May 22. But Brown has a whopping $20.6 million in cash on hand and doesn't face major competition in the June 8 primary.

Meanwhile in the GOP Senate race, former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-Calif.) has a cash-on-hand edge over Republican rival Carly Fiorina. He's got $975,271 in the bank compared with her $620,460 ahead of their June 8 primary. State Assemblyman Chuck DeVore has $276,614 left to spend.



What works in Pennsylvania...

The Colorado Democratic Senate primary has its own story of White House job-offer intrigue.

Last September, the Denver Post reported that former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was told a job "might be found" in the executive branch for him if he dropped his challenge to Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.). Romanoff stayed in the race and now the GOP is trying to use the reported offer against him the same way the Pennsylvania GOP is hitting Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) on the issue.

"It's reprehensible to have an administration, especially the one that has set itself up as the paragon of ethical virtue, to run around trying to buy off candidates to get out of these competitive primaries," said Colorado Republican Party chairman Dick Wadhams. "Buying them off with taxpayer-funded jobs. It's reprehensible, it shouldn't happen, and it's clear we now have two very clear examples of where the administration attempted to do that."

Romanoff today declined to comment on the issue.


The man who united Brooklyn and Staten Island

Republican House candidate Michael Allegretti got the backing of the Staten Island Republican Party Thursday night, although the win was marred by the withdrawal of his GOP rival.

Former FBI agent Michael Grimm took his name out of consideration and blasted the endorsement process. "The charade is not one in which I want to be a part of," he said. Grimm is expected to continue running as an outsider candidate.


The Staten Island GOP's executive committee had endorsed Fossella last week, but he announced on Wednesday he wouldn't run. 


Allegretti now has the Brooklyn and Staten Island Republican Party endorsements. Rep. Mike McMahon (D-N.Y.) released a statement Thursdaty night that reaffirmed his plan to be reelected but it didn't mention Allegretti by name.