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Gizzi on Politics: Brown Attacked, Iowa Muddle; Remembering Maggie

By John Gizzi   |   Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 03:47 PM

No sooner had former Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts hinted last week that he might run for the Senate in 2014 from neighboring New Hampshire — where he owns a seacoast home — than Democrats in the Granite State were jumping all over him.

Bill Shaheen, husband of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, whom Brown would face if he chooses to run, dashed off an email to contributors on Friday, seeking funds to fight Brown, with a goal of “$50,000 online by Sunday at midnight.”

State Democratic Chairman Ray Buckley told the Boston Herald, “It’s been our best 12 hours ever online” and “we’ll make sure Sen. Shaheen has the resources she needs to send Scott Brown back to Massachusetts.”

But former state Republican Chairman Fergus Cullen said that Brown was well-prepared for a run, telling the Herald that “Scott Brown lives in a neighboring state. We share a media market and Scott Brown is a known commodity here and an admired one as well.”

Iowa Republicans Back-off Senate Bids
With 10-term Rep. Tom Latham announcing last month he would not seek the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin in 2014, Iowa’s other Republican House member also sounds less interested in the race.

Conservative firebrand Steve King told the Associated Press he is studying polls on the race “to see if there is empirical data out there.”

Now GOP hopes are increasingly pinned on a Senate bid by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a strong conservative and close ally of five-term Gov. Terry Branstad.

Certain Democratic nominee, liberal Rep. Bruce Braley has raised more than $1 million for the race.

Democrat Drops from Pennsylvania Governor’s Race

At a time when polls indicate that Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett is one of the two most vulnerable Republican governors facing the voters next year — the other is Florida’s Rick Scott — it is somewhat of a surprise to find someone taking himself out of consideration for the Democratic nomination.

But that is just what multi-millionaire healthcare executive Tom Knox did last week. Four years after he took himself out of the last gubernatorial sweepstakes, Knox announced he would not contest state Treasurer Rob McCord and Rep. Allyson Schwartz for the Democratic nomination to oppose Corbett.

Knox did hint that he would make a second run for mayor of Philadelphia in 2015, when incumbent Democrat Michael Nutter is termed out.

Remembering Maggie
“Margaret Thatcher’s arriving in heaven now and Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II are welcoming her” was my first reaction I heard to the news on Monday that the “Iron Lady” had died at age 87.

Thatcher was the pivotal figure in promoting the free-market economy by breaking union-run strikes that were crippling the British economy and, along with President Reagan and the Pope, a major player in the West winning the Cold War.

My own thought was how fortunate I was to have met and spent some time with the former British prime minister following an address she gave at the Kennedy Center in Washington in October 1994.

At the reception following her address, Lady Thatcher asked me how the midterm elections in the United States looked, and when I said the Republicans seemed poised to sweep, she smiled and gave a big “thumbs-up” sign.

John Gizzi is the former political editor for Human Events, working for the conservative weekly from 1979 to 2013. Gizzi is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence, was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002, and has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV talk shows.

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