Updated…Political Tidbits

Speaker In Waiting….House Republican leader John Boehner told AP Obama must signal a willingness to work with Republicans to cut spending…..if he expects to work with the new Congress….”Cutting government spending is what the American people want, and it’s an approach neither party has tried yet.”

Republicans were fired up after a successful “Victory Gala” on Friday…..visiting WV Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)…..said before 1996 & 2000 when he looked across the border he saw a political wilderness…..not any longer…..and he urged WV send John Raese to the Senate.

Spike Maynard gave a moving tribute to Buck Harless…..at the dinner rather than make his political pitch as a third district candidate for Congress…..Buck was honored for his devotion to the Party…..not as close to his district as Maynard…..David McKinley stayed in his northern WV to campaign rather than attend the Charleston dinner…..smart move David.

Only three GOP legislators were spotted at the dinner…..Tim Armstead House Minority Leader….. Senate GOP Leader Mike Hall and Delegate Bob Ashley…..looks like there is work to do there…..also not seen was the only announced Republican candidate for Governor, Senator Clark Barnes…..he was not present at his county Lincoln Day Dinner or when the “Fire Pelosi” bus visited his hometown.

Early voting is underway…..while polls across the nation show races tightening…..the Governor’s race in nearby Ohio is closer with GOP candidate at 49% over incumbent Gov. Strickland at 47%…..remember the Scott Brown surprise in Massachusetts…..Dem. Gov. Patrick is now only 4 points ahead of Rep. Charlie Baker……nearby PA has a Senate race…..where GOP Pat Toomey has been leading…..now only 3 points ahead…..no new numbers for WV…..but someone wrote this weekend Manchin is a Republican running as a Democrat…..what about a party switch Joe?

Joining the WV “Fire Pelosi” bus tour was RNC Chairman Michael Steele…..but he brought his own bus to the parade….. State Republican Chair Stuart flash a specially minted “Fire Pelosi” coin he was given by Steele…..now we know where he spends the RNC money…..his visit and positioning on Sunday talk shows sounds like a campaign for reelection.

Donna Gosney GOP National Committeewoman….. never missed a stop on the “Fire Pelosi” tour…..she rode the bus all the way…..even to WVU game…..good news for the GOP…..new faces on the scene…..continuing to impress is Conrad Lucas…..Rob Cornelius handling media is on top of the story…..Allison Plants raised a lot of money with the Gala…..which was chaired by Melody Potter…..the new hard working Associate Chair.

REMEMBER…..IT’S ALL ABOUT TURNOUT.

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