2022 U.S. Elections - Random News

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    Fetterman exploring run for open Pennsylvania Senate seat
    It’s the first concrete step Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has taken toward running.

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    Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is raising money to run for the state’s open Senate seat next year, making him the first prominent Democrat to step forward in the party’s most promising pickup opportunity in 2022.

    Fetterman, who also ran for the seat held by now-retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in 2016, sent an email to supporters soliciting campaign cash on Friday, telling them that he is exploring running for Senate.

    It’s the first concrete step Fetterman has taken toward running, though he told supporters he isn’t firmly declared for the race.

    Fetterman wrote in the email, which included a bolded link to send him donations. “I’m confident we can win if we go for it. But before we make the call to announce a campaign, I want to get an idea of just how many of you would be with us.”

    Fetterman, who was elected lieutenant governor in 2018, has a national following thanks to a liberal platform and the unique image he began building when he was mayor of Braddock, Pa., a hardscrabble steel town outside Pittsburgh. A towering figure at 6-foot, 8-inches tall, Fetterman typically eschews the traditional attire of politicians, instead wearing shirt sleeves and shorts year-round — except for ceremonial events that require more formal dress.

    In his fundraising note, Fetterman said he would fight for a number of progressive priorities, including a minimum wage of “at least” $15 an hour, national marijuana legalization and fighting for “the union way of life and our workers.”

    Toomey’s retirement announcement last fall marked the beginning of a two-year reordering of Pennsylvania’s political scene. In addition to an open Senate seat, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is term-limited, and both top positions will be up for grabs in 2022.

    Among statewide Democrats, it was widely expected that Fetterman would run for Senate, while state Attorney General Josh Shapiro would seek to replace Wolf in Harrisburg. Fetterman confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that he will not run for governor. Shapiro has not yet announced his plans.

    But other Democrats could jump into both races, including Reps. Conor Lamb and Chrissy Houlahan, and Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chair Val Arkoosh, who ran for Congress in 2014.

    On the Republican side, Rep. Mike Kelly, who led a push to reject the results of the 2020 presidential election in an effort to deny President-elect Joe Biden the Pennsylvania electors he won, is considered a possible candidate for either race. Others are considering entering both primaries, including former Rep. Ryan Costello.

    This would mark Fetterman’s second campaign for Senate. In 2016, he finished third in the Democratic primary, behind former Rep. Joe Sestak and the eventual nominee, Katie McGinty. McGinty lost narrowly to Toomey, as Hillary Clinton unexpectedly faltered at the top of the ticket.

    But since that primary, Fetterman has won statewide for lieutenant governor. And, more recently, he has emerged as a frequent commentator on cable news and social media, defending the results of the presidential election from Republicans who sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

    Fetterman exploring run for open Pennsylvania Senate seat
     
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    Harris- Fetterman 2024!!!
     
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    BigMoneyGrip I'm Lamont's pops Supporter

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    Dems gonna gain more seats they play this right
     
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    Marco Rubio may face a Florida primary challenge in 2022. Here’s why.

    I hate this midget and look forward to his demise. Florida Dems should just run a white "bro" type dude because I'm assuming Marco survives whatever primary challenge he gets. Florida stupidity is a special breed, if the Dems ran a former athlete with your standard Dem platform I could see Marco losing. Gillum got really close to beating DeSantis but I know white people clutched their pearls when he mentioned racism. This state is trash but there are so many uninspired potential voters here that its not entirely lost

    Side note I forgot that Gillum shyt happened in 2020. Feels like years ago
     
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    I’m starting to see Big Tech term on a lot of conservative pundit class. I’m guessing that is what they are going to run on in 2022 and 2024.

    To side step Trump but also invoke his name plus the victim hood angle they love.
     
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    O'Rourke mulling run for Texas governor

    Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) said this week he is considering a 2022 gubernatorial run, setting up a potential challenge against incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

    "It's something I'm going to think about," O'Rourke told Buzz Adams on Texas radio station KLAQ on Monday.

    O'Rourke went on to hit Abbott's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing him of having a "complete indifference" to steps local leaders are trying to take to save lives amid the public health crisis.

    "This state has suffered perhaps more than any other in the midst of this pandemic, in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. And it is particularly galling to you and to me and everyone who is listening that El Paso in one of the hardest-hit states was, if not is, the hardest-hit city," O'Rourke said.

    "I want to make sure that we have someone in the highest office in our state to make sure that all of us are OK," he said. "Whether I'm a candidate for governor or I support someone who's a candidate for governor, I want to make sure that we have excellence in leadership and that excellence goes to every single part of the state, including ours."

    The Hill has reached out to Abbott's team for comment.

    O'Rourke came within less than 3 points of defeating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the state's 2018 Senate race, catapulting him onto the national political scene. O'Rourke then pursued a presidential bid but dropped out of the Democratic primary in late 2019.

    Despite his two recent unsuccessful campaigns, O'Rourke is widely seen as a figure that could ultimately turn Texas Democratic.

    O'Rourke mulling run for Texas governor

    He'll get washed in 2022 in a Governor race.

    That Presidential run when he said he was gonna come get your guns probably killed his chances except for a House race
     
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    @dtownreppin214 @*DalMem* What y'all think? I don't see Beto knocking off Abbott either.
     
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    :francis:
     
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    This. Right-wing media outlets always use Beto as an example of a radical left-wing Democrat politician. All the folks who were down on Abbott for bringing back the lockdowns in July will come out to vote for Abbott over Beto in a heartbeat.
     
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    Best bet would've been to run against Cruz again but I think his Presidential run killed his chances in Texas.
     
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    His seat opens up in the House and makes it easier for him to run for Feinstein’s seat down the line
     
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    Rep. Stephanie Murphy 'seriously considering' bid to unseat Rubio

    “I know what it takes to defeat a powerful incumbent because I’ve done it," she says.


    Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy is seriously considering a bid to unseat Sen. Marco Rubio’s 2022 reelection, announcing Wednesday that she’s launching a statewide listening tour and has hired a top Democratic operative to manage the effort.

    Murphy, 42, has been elected three times to one of Florida’s most competitive congressional districts in Orlando, and first won the seat by knocking out 12-term incumbent GOP Rep. John Mica when few thought she could. It was a giant-killer act that Democrats hope she can repeat if she takes on Rubio, widely seen as a hard-to-beat incumbent.

    biographical ad on YouTube where Murphy describes herself as “a patriot, not a politician.”

    Murphy, acknowledging she’s “seriously considering” a senate bid in either 2022 or 2024 when GOP Sen. Rick Scott is up for reelection, said her initiative is designed to “regroup, refocus, and reenergize Florida Democrats” who have watched Republicans out-organize, out-message and out-vote them, turning the once-purple swing state into a reddish battleground.

    The initiative, which will at first be a series of virtual conversations with party leaders and activists across the state, will be managed for Murphy by the Florida Democratic Party’s former political director, Lauren Calmet, who was just hired by the congresswoman. The conversations, Murphy said, will revolve around five pillars: the Covid-19 pandemic, managing misinformation, combating climate change, advancing social justice and fighting voter suppression.

    Murphy said she wanted to start as soon as possible in a non-election year based on the advice she received last week from Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who helped organize her party and register so many new voters that it helped the once-red state defeat Donald Trump and elect two Democrats to the U.S. Senate. Murphy said she wants her effort to build the “right money, message, and machine” to make Democrats competitive in the state, which would include ramping up voter-registration efforts after Republicans wiped out this once-potent advantage of Democrats last year.

    When Rubio first ran statewide in 2010, he emphasized his family’s emigration from Cuba. In 2013, Rubio, currently the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was part of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” Senate group that attempted to pass immigration reform and often discussed the legislation through the prism of his family’s story.

    Murphy today sounds a lot like the Rubio of old.

    “I come at this from a personal perspective,” she said. “My family and I escaped Communist Vietnam when I was just a baby. And this country gave us refuge and gave me opportunity and I’ve had this chance to live the American dream.”

    Murphy’s record and her unique biography — she would be the first Asian-American elected statewide in Florida and was the first woman of Vietnamese descent elected to Congress — has made her a top recruit for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer who has urged her privately to consider challenging Rubio and help Democrats win a clear majority in the 50-50 U.S. Senate, according to two sources who have been briefed on his recruitment effort. Murphy declined to discuss the conversations.

    Murphy’s colleague from Orlando, Rep. Val Demings, has also been approached to run against Rubio but has been less committal than Murphy, the sources said. Demings, who served as an impeachment manager during Trump’s first impeachment and was discussed as a possible running mate for Joe Biden, sits in a safer congressional seat than Murphy. With redistricting on the horizon next year, there’s broad expectation that Murphy’s congressional seat could be greatly redrawn by the GOP-led Legislature because the Orlando area is expected to gain another seat due to booming population growth.

    Former Rep. Alan Grayson, who also hails from Orlando, is considering a run against Rubio as well. So far, three little-known Democrats have filed to run against Rubio: Allen Ellison, Joshua Weil and Edward Abud.

    Murphy said she doesn’t have a timeline for any future announcement and stressed that the initiative isn’t about her.

    “Even if I don’t run, I want to make sure we have a nominee and party infrastructure to help Democrats win statewide and put Florida families first,” she said.

     
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    One of the biggest political suicide I have ever seen.
     
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