GINGRICH: The New York Times follows up on Gingrich's critical comments to the New Yorker about the GOP and Karl Rove. He is quoted in The New Yorker as suggesting that a Republican will win the White House by running against Mr. Bush as Nicolas Sarkozy won the presidency in France by running against his fellow party member Jacques Chirac, in whose cabinet he had served."
GIULIANI: David Boaz of the Cato Institute criticizes Giuliani in a New York Daily News op-ed, saying that he finds support for Giuliani among "libertarian-leaning Republicans" surprising. Boaz adds that, as mayor, Giuliani's "prosecutorial personality sometimes threatened personal freedoms," citing the Giuliani's treatment of minorities and the shooting of Amadou Diallo.
The New York Post reports on Giuliani's birthday fundraising yesterday. The former New York mayor turned 63 yesterday and celebrated it, in part, by hitting four fundraisers in four New York boroughs.
The San Francisco Chronicle has a piece on Giuliani's law firm's PAC giving 40% of its contributions to Democrats, including $5,000 to Nancy Pelosi and $3,000 to Dianne Feinstein in the run-up to the '06 midterms. None of the contributions were in Giuliani's or his wife's name, and one think tank fellow calls it " the reality of modern-day politics."
PAUL: This took place on Friday, but it bears mentioning even at this later date… NBC's Abby Livingston says that on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Paul discussed his thoughts on a more isolationist foreign policy, receiving a discernible applause from an audience notorious for hostile receptions toward conservative guests. After the interview, the discussion among Maher and panelists Ben Affleck and writer P.J. O'Rourke shifted to Mitt Romney's campaign. About Romney, O'Rourke said, "I think he's a stronger possibility all the time." Affleck -- a native of Cambridge, MA -- listed Romney's weaknesses among the conservative base, including Romney's Mormonism. But he predicted that Romney will get the Republican nomination saying, "They'll take it at this point. I mean, what else do they have? Crazy Giuliani and McCain, who's completely insane now? They don't have any other options."
But the audience interrupted Affleck screaming out Paul's name. Maher shrugged, saying, "I've never seen them this riled up. I mean, they've got Ben Affleck here, and they're screaming out 'Ron Paul.'"
ROMNEY: Utah GOP Sen. Bob Bennett says the path for Romney to get the party's nod is getting a bit clearer for him, despite his Mormon faith.
Have you heard this before? Per the New York Post, "… Romney said he would likely donate his salary to charity if elected president, a financial freedom he described as a byproduct of a successful business career."
F. THOMPSON: The Weekly Standard's Hayes has more details on Thompson's upcoming "testing the waters" announcement, including some key names in the organization which is being dubbed "First Day Founders" for the fundraising blitz the campaign is planning for June 4. Ex-Georgia Sen. Mack Mattingly is among those who's on Team Thompson. "Mattingly, a First Day Founder who was on the conference call, says that he has chosen to back Thompson for two reasons. 'First, he's a conservative. Second, he's a leader.' Mattingly believes that the creation of the new committee will change the dynamics of the race. 'I don't want to say anything bad about the other candidates,' he says. 'There'll probably be people who were supporting some other candidates who will be joining us. We'll welcome them, too.'"
The Politico adds that Thompson "is planning to enter the presidential race over the Fourth of July holiday, announcing that week that he has already raised several million dollars and is being backed by insiders from the past three Republican administrations."
Gary Bauer hints to the New York Sun that he could be open to supporting Thompson. "'A lot of conservatives have been struggling here to figure out where to go with a candidate that can keep the coalition together.'"