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Said Murkowski: “I think there are a lot of outside interests that would like to see Sarah Palin in some form of elected office. Most in Alaska recognize our former governor is really not involved in or engaged in the state anymore, that she’s moved to other interests. In order for you to represent the state of Alaska, you’ve got to be in the state.”
USA Today: “Walker may be playing down the presidential talk, but there’s no question he’s making some moves that fuel such chatter. He’s also writing a book with former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen on his tenure as governor and the challenges facing the nation, due out sometime this fall.”
The NRSC “has committed at least four staffers to help nominee Gabriel Gomez in the final weeks of the June 25 contest. The moves come amid fresh polling that showed Gomez running just behind Democratic Rep. Edward J. Markey in this solidly Democratic state.”
– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), in an interview with the Syracuse Post-Standard, on if New York City elects Anthony Weiner as mayor.
Said Weiner: “There’s no doubt about it. I made very big mistakes. I compounded it immeasurably by being dishonest about it. I have apologized many, many times to my wife, and frankly I know that part of this process is going to be doing a lot of apologizing.”
When asked if his illicit online activity could be described as an addiction, Weiner dismissed the characterization: “I don’t know what it was. It’s none of those things. It was simply a blind spot. It was a thoughtfulness I had about my private behavior.”
– Will Marshall of the Progressive Policy Institute, quoted by The Atlantic, on whether the Republican Party learned lessons from its defeat in 2012.
Said Rove: “These things will be corrosive. They’ll eat away at the president’s rating. We’ll see it over time and, particularly, as Congress asks more questions in the weeks ahead.”
He added: “This stuff is only starting to seep in. It will take a while for these things to sort of sink in. I am not surprised that it hasn’t begun to impact his job approval just yet.”
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“Remarkably, in a New South battleground where Democrats have traditionally won by carving out independent, non-partisan reputations, it’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe who’s most eager to keep gay rights on the political front burner.”