In a piece on GOP Rep. John Boozman's plan to challenge Blanche Lincoln, the Politico has a tasty cat fud alert:
His candidacy hurts the prospects of state senator Gilbert Baker, who looked like the GOP frontrunner after he announced his campaign last September. Baker got off to a fast fundraising start - aided by his connections in the state legislature - but struggled to raise additional money in the fourth quarter, announcing today that he added just $293,000 to his campaign coffers.
Sources close to Baker's campaign said the state senator will remain in the race, and draw a stark contrast between Boozman's Washington background with his legislative work in Arkansas. Baker campaign officials believe that the congressman's support of the Troubled Assets Relief Program to aid banks could hurt him with conservative primary voters.