What a freaking mess.
Miami-Dade Commissioner Eileen Higgins allegedly announced late Wednesday — in a statement the Miami Herald said was provided by her campaign manager — that she is no longer running for Congress in District 27. The reason? She “heard” that Sen. Annette Taddeo is switching to that race and she’s getting out of the way.
Taddeo’s camp says nananina. She still believes she will be Florida’s first Latina governor.
Wtf is going on?
Ladra can’t help but think it has something to do with their one common denominator: Campaign consultant Christian Ulvert, who is Higgins’ guru and Taddeo’s longtime partner until just a couple of months ago. After all, he is the one who got the statement — which looks like a text message — to the Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks, who tweeted it:
“In the last day?” In the last day?
Taddeo had still been campaigning on Twitter against Gov. Ron DeSantis as late as Wednesday morning. There was nothing posted after the alleged Higgins announcement. Except her campaign manager Nick Merlino pushing back.
“Because rumors are swirling let me be perfectly clear. Annette Taddeo will be the first Latina Governor in Florida history. Full stop,” Merlino tweeted.
Ulvert resigned from Taddeo’s campaign in March. He told Florida Politics that, as senior advisor to the Senate Democratic Caucus, he needed to focus more on “the fight to protect our incumbents and gain ground to have a stronger caucus.” Las malas lenguas say Ulvert wanted Taddeo — who trails both Democrats Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried in Fla guv polls — to switch to the congressional race, where she has better chances against Republican incumbent Maria Elvira Salazar, who is unliked even within her party.
This could be his way of pressuring her.
It was strange that nobody was available for further comment or clarification Wednesday. Neither Higgins — who had breathlessly announced her congressional bid only six days earlier — nor Taddeo returned calls. Ulvert texted Ladra about 7 p.m. “Sorry at a dinner so can’t answer.” Then, nada.
Stranger still: Neither Higgins nor Taddeo addressed it on social media. In fact, Higgins was thanking people on Facebook for their support of her candidacy as late as Monday.
Oh, yeah, she “heard” of Taddeo’s interest in CD27 on Tuesday, apparently.
Jim DeFede from CBS4 also reported that Taddeo had been making calls to float the idea of a musical chair move to supporters. But he didn’t say where he got that information. Maybe it was Ulvert.
It was also just as likely that a whole lot of people urged Higgins to stay on the county commission, where her voice has grown strong and where her absence could really cause a change in dynamics.
The only thing we know for sure as of early Thursday morning is that Miami Commissioner Ken Russell — who Higgins apparently had no problem primarying — was still vying to take on Salazar in November.
Lincoln Memorial Briefly Closes After Georgetown Grads Litter Area with Glass Bottles
The Lincoln Memorial was briefly closed on Saturday after college students littered the area with broken glass bottles. A large group of Georgetown seniors celebrating their graduation were reportedly responsible for incident.
Hundreds of Georgetown seniors gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in order to watch the sunrise Saturday morning after a night of celebrating their graduation.
The National Park Service later announced a brief delay in public accessibility to the Lincoln Memorial, saying the group had left debris in the area.
“The Lincoln Memorial is closed this morning following a local university graduation celebration that left litter, broken bottles and spilled wine and champagne covering the steps,” the National Park Service announced Saturday morning.
The Lincoln Memorial is closed this morning following a local university graduation celebration that left litter, broken bottles and spilled wine and champagne covering the steps. We will reopen as soon as the area has been cleaned and made safe. pic.twitter.com/AVuOeoof0y
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) May 21, 2022
Workers were forced to clean up the mess on what was the hottest day of the year to date. By 11 am, the Lincoln Memorial was reponed to the public.
“Thanks to our facilities staff for the quick cleanup this morning. The Lincoln Memorial is open. We appreciate your patience,” the park service said in a follow-up statement.
Georgetown University issued a comment on the Lincoln Memorial incident but did not issue an apology. “We are monitoring the concerning and disappointing activity at the Lincoln Memorial. While Georgetown is one of several institutions celebrating graduation ceremonies this weekend,” a university spokesman told NBC 4 Washington.
He added that Georgetown did not officially plan an event at the monument. “We have had no University-sponsored events at or around the Lincoln Memorial. We expect all members of our community to be responsible citizens of our campus and our city and be respectful of the history and institutions of Washington, D.C.”
NPS spokesperson Mike Litterst told NBC4 Washington that no citations or arrests had been issued.
Celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial are set to begin this weekend.
AZ State Rep Jake Hoffman On RINO Speaker Rusty Bowers’ Attempt To Send Armed DPS Agents After Conservative House Members – “It’s Just Lunacy”
RINO Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ thuggery was on full display last Tuesday when he attempted to call on armed DPS Troopers to go after two conservative House members.
Rusty Bowers opposes election integrity laws, and he has previously weaponized the Arizona State House to prevent the passage of election integrity bills and the decertification of the fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election.
Because the Arizona Senate has failed to vote on and pass time-sensitive House Republican legislation, Rep. Jake Hoffman and Rep. Jacqueline Parker notified House Leadership that they would not be present to vote on the Senate’s bills.
“Both sides need to put their partisan bills up, and we need to send them to the governor because otherwise, we’re going to risk bills dying in a flurry of vetoes like we saw last year,” Jake Hoffman told The Gateway Pundit.
The Gateway Pundit reported on a critical election bill that Rusty Bowers previously tried to kill in the House and is now being blocked in the Senate.
The Primary election is in August, and the Arizona Senate needs to put these bills to a vote before it’s too late.
Now, he is targeting the members of his own party.
“Representative Parker and I had told leadership on Friday, and then again on Tuesday, that we would not have enough members to pass partisan bills because the Senate hasn’t been putting up the partisan bills from the House. We’ve got ballot Dropbox bans, we’ve got voter registration, and voter roll cleanups. We have lots of good bills over there,” said Hoffman.
Hoffman continued, “We’ve got a bill banning sexually explicit materials in the classroom over there. We had a bill that prohibited government’s requiring masks in their facilities. We had really good partisan bills over in the Senate. So we said, ‘hey, you guys need to do your job. And you need to communicate with the Senate. The House’s partisan bills need to go up.’”
On Tuesday, when Senate bills were on the calendar, the two did not show up because the Senate continues to hold House bills. Hoffman said this was meant to “unclog the logjam preventing critical election integrity bills from being voted on.” Hoffman and Parker had already told Leadership that they weren’t coming and asked them to coordinate with the Senate.
Instead of holding the bills on the calendar, Rusty Bowers decided to “play games” and intentionally put the Republican bills to a vote while members of the Republican caucus were absent. As a result, three bills were almost killed in the House.
“He put up the bills so that they would die so that he could blame us. So he was playing games with the bills just so he could try and make his own members look bad,” said Hoffman. “He’s doing everything he can to try and hurt his own members.”
“They’re not actually dead. We had members who were prepped and primed to change their votes so they could be reconsidered.”
Immediately after trying to kill Republican election integrity bills in the House, Rusty Bowers and Majority Leader Ben Toma held everyone in the chamber. They then tried to come up with a scheme to send armed DPS agents to retrieve Reps. Jake Hoffman and Jacqueline Parker.
Hoffman told us, “The speaker actually does have the power, and the Senate president has the same power, to compel DPS to bring a member that isn’t there back.” However, “after they had been voted down, when he didn’t have the authority to send DPS because remember they weren’t in the third read anymore, he then tried to come up with a way. And so he was like shopping for votes, trying to see if he had the votes to make a motion to send DPS after us.”
In the last session, however, Rusty Bowers refused Republican requests to lawfully send DPS after Democrats who were “intentionally obstructing the business of the House.” He even refused to use House Security to deter the Democrats from leaving before completing their work.
“It’s just lunacy that he would attempt to turn the power of the state against his own Republican members when he has repeatedly refused to even use such force against Democrats,” Hoffman stated.
Rusty Bowers is clearly a RINO Democrat. The establishment dinosaur has served at some point in each of the last four decades.
The Gateway Pundit reported that Bowers will run for Arizona State Senate because he is term-limited out of the House.
“Look, our job here is to pass good legislation. So that means that we need to be putting bills up in both chambers,” Hoffman finished.
This Monday, the Arizona Senate is scheduled to hear eight House bills.
Hoffman recently appeared on The James T. Harris Show to explain how these events unfolded.
Hoffman: I got to ask, what’s going on with old rusty Bowers Speaker of the House sending DPS after and Representative Parker, I believe. What was that about?
Harris: Thanks for having me on James. I have no idea why Rusty Bowers decided to play games like he did with an issue as critical to the future of not only our state, but our country as election integrity. Well, I mean, honestly, maybe we do know why James. I mean, after all, Rusty Bowers has repeatedly said that despite the mountains of evidence to the contrary, the 2020 elections was a perfect election with no irregularity and no chance of fraud. So maybe that’s why he played games with those bills. I don’t know. But the bottom line is that Rusty Bowers and Ben Toma knew that they were missing Republican votes yesterday. Yet they decided to put up election integrity bills anyway so that they would fail. As if playing games with election integrity bills wasn’t bad enough, James. After having torpedoed multiple election integrity measures, Rusty Bowers and Ben Toma then decided to force every single member of the House to sit around for almost an hour while they concocted a plan to try and send armed DPS officers after the two most conservative members of the House, the people who care about election integrity the most. You can’t make this stuff up, honestly. Put this into perspective, James, last year when Democrats all over the country, including right here in Arizona, were weaponizing their legislative attendance to try and kill election integrity legislation when they were running and hiding in an attempt to prevent a quorum. The Conservatives were the ones that asked Rusty Bowers last year to send DPS in a legitimate government role to bring them back to the capitol and he refused to even consider it every single time it was brought up yet when he knew days in advance that he was missing multiple Republican votes rusty Bowers chose to play petty political games with critical election integrity bills and then attempted to wield the power of tyrants to send armed men after his own conservative members to clean up his mess. It’s not a pretty picture, James.
Harris: Are those bills dead Hoffman, or will they come back to life?
Hoffman: The bill that you’re talking about of Senator Townsend’s, that is a very good bill. James, you and I have talked multiple times about the problems with the federal only ballots. I had the citizenship bill that requires proof of citizenship to vote earlier this year that passed out of the House and the Senate and was signed by the Governor. Senator Townsend deserves credit for that bill, and we got to get that bill back on the board. So look, the bills are not dead. That’s the bottom line. We asked the Conservative members to force leadership to reconsider the bill that’s called a motion to reconsider. That means that they’re gonna come back up for a vote in the next two weeks. So we will get those three election integrity bills that they tried to play games with across the finish line. But look, I think the moral of the story and James you hit on it in your question: We as a society have to ask ourselves, do we want to entrust this much unbridled power to people who have been wielding the power of government for nearly 40 years? Rusty Bowers has been in office for four decades. ‘In the in’ of four decades since 1996. And now, despite Arizona’s term limit laws, is running for yet another term in the Senate. We have to ask ourselves as a society, is that how our system of government is supposed to work? Do we want people who are willing to play games with the most critical issues of the day, serving not only in roles of leadership but serving an office for 40 plus years, which is what we’re about to come up on in terms of Rusty Bowers? So I mean look, the voters of Legislative District ten, they’ve got a choice to make.
Ron DeSantis defeats Donald Trump in Wisconsin straw poll
Most 2024 polls show the former President as the GOP frontrunner. Could that change?
In the latest in a series of indications of Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ rising position in the Republican Party, a straw poll of 2024 presidential primary preferences of 325 Wisconsin Republican activists saw him outperform former President Donald Trump.
The Saturday poll of attendees of the Wisconsin Republican Convention, reported on by WisPolitics.com, saw DeSantis get 38% of the vote in a hypothetical 2024 GOP field that included over two dozen potential candidates.
Trump got 32% of the vote, and no one else was even close: former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley got 7% of the vote, good for third place.
DeSantis was the only major Florida Republican to poll above low single digits. Sen. Marco Rubio had 2% support, and his in-state Senate colleague Rick Scott was under 1%.
The poll suggested Trump fatigue may be setting in, with just 43% of respondents supportive of another Trump campaign even happening.
Though straw polls can be wildly variable, this non-scientific survey tracks with more formal polling showing DeSantis is becoming a first choice with an increasing amount of Republicans as a potential 2024 GOP standard bearer.
DeSantis’ positioning is getting stronger as 2024 speculation simmers, while Trump struggles to get majority support in state polling.
The May poll from Texas’ CWS Research offers one such example. It shows that Trump would only command 45% support in a field with DeSantis and other Republicans. DeSantis’ 28% is a strong second, a full eight points up from April polling from this same group.
The same trend holds true in North Carolina, where a competitive Primary season has led to prospective 2024 questions as well in a series of polls.
National polls corroborate the more granular surveys of what is still a hypothetical contest. DeSantis is a strong second to Trump in surveys testing the two names in the same question.
Without Trump in the field, DeSantis wins most of these surveys by commanding margins.
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