| • CA-Sen: Republican Assemblyman Chuck DeVore wants you to remember that he's still running against Carly Fiorina, regardless of what the NRSC tries to tell you. When John Cornyn sent out some platitudes referring to his strong recruits in Kelly Ayotte and Carly Fiorina, DeVore let the world know in no uncertain terms what he really thinks of the NRSC.
"I welcome Senator Cornyn's endorsement of Carly Fiorina, my probable opponent for the Republican nomination to defeat Barbara Boxer in 2010. Under John Cornyn, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has racked up an impressive string of endorsements in support of non-conservative, unpopular, poorly vetted candidates across the nation. These candidacies have thus far gone on to flounder or implode."
Questions continue to circulate about HP's sales of hundreds of millions of dollars in printers and other equipment to Iran, despite the bans on trade with the nation... and more generally about her ability to close the deal in view of how poorly CEOs have done in statewide races before.
• SC-Gov: Mark Sanford's prospects have seemed to be on a roller coaster ride since his Appalachian Trail adventure, and this week he's going through another dip: now the state GOP has called for his resignation. State party chair Karen Floyd made the announcement yesterday evening.
• NC-10: Congratulations to Rep. Patrick McHenry; one of the Beltway's most eligible bachelors, he's finally off the market. He announces that he's engaged to Giulia Cangiano, a GAO economist whom he met through mutual friends.
• OH-17: He's baaaack! Ex-Rep. Jim Traficant is out of prison, and already talking about running for office. He says there's a 50/50 chance he'd run for his old seat, although it's held by a Democrat, Tim Ryan. That didn't stop him before; he ran against Ryan as an independent in 2002 and got 15% of the vote. Traficant is beaming down to a local teabagging function this weekend to get reacquainted with his constituents.
• OH-18: Although Republicans were disappointed when they didn't get state Sen. Jimmy Stewart to run, they've found another state Senator to go up against Rep. Zack Space: Bob Gibbs of Holmes County. Most of Gibbs' district is in the 16th, but Holmes County is in the 18th.
• PA-07: Republican Pat Meehan, the former US Attorney for eastern Pennsylvania, who recently bailed out of the gubernatorial primary, is ready to announce his candidacy in the 7th, where Rep. Joe Sestak is leaving behind an open seat. Meehan will make his formal announcement on Monday. Although the seat is D+3, Meehan (the former DA of Delaware County) is strong enough to make this race a very competitive even against highly touted Dem state Rep. Bryan Lentz.
• SC-02: Both heckler Joe Wilson and his Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, are now raising money like gangbusters. Miller is up above $750,000 in contributions now since the Obama address. Wilson has also raised $200,000, although not much of that seems to be coming online: at SlateCard, the GOP equivalent of ActBlue, he's raised a total of $620 from 13 supporters. PPP's Tom Jensen, who polled SC-02 last night, is teasing bad results for Wilson.
• VA-05: Although this guy seems to be the only GOP candidate in the 5th so far, don't expect him to be the nominee... especially now that he was just convicted on a concealed weapons violation. Bradley Rees was fined $100 in a local court after police found two pistols in his glove compartment. Most attention focused on state Sen. Rob Hurt as the likely GOP challenger to Rep. Tom Perriello.