Posts Tagged ‘endorsements’

Action Is Brewing Endorsements

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:36 pm May 27th, 2010

Tea Party activist-organizer Debbie Landis is out with her group’s election endorsements.

The page says candidate recommendations were “finalized using AIB Subscriber and grassroots polls, voting record when applicable, issue stances, prior endorsements, and interaction with the candidates themselves.”


“These candidates were selected based entirely on their skill-sets, credibility and grassroots ratings as they apply to Transparency, Accountability, and Fiscal Responsibility.”

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Michele Fiore Campaign Correction Contains Another Misstatement

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:55 am May 20th, 2010

The woman who says she is best positioned to take down Shelley Berkley in November seems to be having some trouble getting her facts straight.

Last night, after this post about a misstatement in a press release that went out on the wires yesterday, CD-1 candidate Michele Fiore’s campaign team issued a correction:


Las Vegas, NV – May 19, 2010 – The Michele Fiore for Congress campaign is offering a clarification of pledged support and endorsements of her candidacy.

In a previous campaign email announcing the endorsement from The Asian American Group of Nevada and Grassroots support, the campaign mislabeled Michele’s RNC Rule 11 letter as an endorsement rather than an authorization allowing support.

The Nevada Republican Party leadership and both RNC committee members authorized the Rule 11 letter. The letter allows the RNC to back one GOP candidate over other GOP candidates in the pre-primary race if it chooses to. It is not a traditional endorsement, comparable to the endorsements Michele has received from RNC Committeeman and Former Governor Bob List, State Assemblyman Ed Goedhart and businessman Monte Miller. The Rule 11 letter from the NRP is an announcement of support from the state party for a selected candidate.

The campaign is pleased to clarify this and apologizes for any confusion. Michele looks forward to working with the RNC once she becomes the GOP nominee for CD1.

Er, yeah.

Except that a Rule 11 letter is not a show of support from the Nevada Republican Party.  It is simply a letter of support signed by the three National Committee members from Nevada.  The letter never went before the Executive Committee or the Central Committee of the state party, and the party has not endorsed her nor ever stated that it supports her.

Michele Fiore’s Rule 11 letter was simply a statement of support by three people:  Bob List, Heidi Smith and ex-chairman Chris Comfort.  Only one of whom, incidentally, is even registered to vote in CD-1.

While we’re on the subject, Fiore endorsers Ed Goedhart and Monte Miller, while both good guys, don’t live in CD-1 either.  But then neither does Michele Fiore (she actually lives in CD-3).

So…what we have here is a candidate who has claimed to be a strongly endorsed primary front-runner with both RNC and state party support but who in fact has a handful of endorsements comprised of only one person who can actually vote for her — even if we include Fiore herself.

You can’t make this stuff up, Dear Readers.

Nomination for Silliest Endorsement of a Candidate

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:18 am May 6th, 2010

I have decided I am going to give out some political awards shortly after June 8, and one of them will be for Silliest Endorsement.  From Team Angle, a nominee:

Pat Boone Endorses Sharron Angle to Replace Harry Reid

That’s all I’m going to post of the press release.  You know how it goes:  Sharron Angle is the greatest conservative candidate to roam the earth since the glory days of Ronald Reagan, yadda yadda yadda.

Pressed for time, so three Tweets (from yesterday, when this came out) to amuse you:

@RalstonFlash:  Game changer: Pat Boone endorses Sharron Angle 4 U.S. Senate. What say frontrunners? I Almost Lost My Mind? Ain’t That a Shame? #booneisboon

@elizcrum:  It’s Too Soon to Know If Dreams Come True due to Pat Boone endorsement of Sharron Angle. Does TPE April Love = Fools Hall of Fame?

@DullardMush @elizcrum I’d say Pat Boone’s Angle endorsement more like Crazy Train. #goingofftherails

Keystone Corp Hands Out Checks to Endorsed Candidates

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:04 am May 6th, 2010

In a political and economic year that poses an extra measure of challenge for candidates in their fundraising efforts, endorsements and checks from groups like Keystone Corporation — which, unlike many advocacy organizations, both endorses and financially supports candidates in primary races — can offer a real boost.  Keystone yesterday handed out checks to the following GOP candidates:

AD 2 — incumbent John Hambrick —

AD 4 — Richard McArthur —

AD 5 — Tibi Ellis –

AD 10 — Tyler Andrews –

AD 13 — Josh Gust –

AD 20 — Crescent Hardy

AD 21 — Mark Sherwood –

AD 22 — incumbent Lynn D. Stewart

AD 23 — incumbent Melissa Woodbury –

AD 29 — Dan Hill —

AD 31 — Randi Thompson —

AD 32 — Jodi Stephens –

AD 35 — incumbent Pete Goicoechea

AD 36 — incumbent Ed Goedhart —

AD 38 — incumbent Tom Grady —

AD 39 — Kelly Kite

AD 40 — Pete Livermore –

SD 9 — Elizabeth Halseth —

According to their website, Keystone Corporation is a statewide political action organization that recruits, supports and advocates for candidates for public office who support private sector job creation, low taxation, a responsible regulatory environment, and effective delivery of essential state services.

A Look at GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Endorsements Thus Far

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:04 pm March 26th, 2010

Here’s what I have on endorsements of Republican hopefuls in the race-to-beat-Harry-Reid so far:

(Note:  This is not an exhaustive list for all candidates. I will post updates as I find them or as campaign staffers politely email to inform me of my oversight.)(Ha!)

– Jeri Thompson, wife of former Senator and 2008 presidential candidate Fred Thompson, today endorsed U.S. Senate Candidate Sue Lowden via a column in American Spectator online.

– Lowden also has a fundraiser luncheon on deck (see here: Lowden_Fundraiser_Invite) that features former Thune campaign manager Dick Wadhams and lists supporters including:  Bill and Dale Raggio, Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, Senator Randolph Townsend, former Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, former Governor Bob List and Mayor Bob Cashell, among others.

– Sarah Palin’s dad endorsed Tarkanian earlier this month (on/around March 15).

– Erick Erickson of RedState fame had endorsed Danny Tarkanian on February 28. (Lowden had expressed surprise when told about that endorsement, saying, “Well, I don’t know Erick and have never even talked to him, so I’m a little surprised by that.”)

– Former Michigan GOP chair and RNC chair candidate Saul Anuzis endorsed Lowden in a column cross-posted at both the Spectator and The Corner on National Review Online on February 5.

(Note:  I get daily calls and emails from out of state people asking “who can beat Harry Reid” and “who do you like?”  For the record, the Nevada News Bureau does not endorse candidates, and neither do I.)