CALIFORNIA: Or is it Back to the Future? Jerry Brown could be running his 12th campaign for office in 2010 -- and his third for governor.
FLORIDA: So who leaves a job as a congressman to seek a state agriculture commissioner job? Someone who wants to be governor perhaps… "Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) will not seek reelection in 2010 and is poised to launch a bid for Florida agriculture commissioner, a move that a GOP official said is a precursor to a run for governor… A Republican official with close ties to Putnam said that, in Florida, the agriculture commissioner is a highly coveted job and is often seen as a stepping-stone to the governor's office. 'It's the equivalent of what on a national stage would be a Secretary of State position,' the official said."
NEW YORK: "Democratic leaders in upstate New York have selected venture capitalist Scott Murphy as their nominee to replace newly appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in the upcoming special election." He will "square off against state Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco (R) in what is likely to be a highly competitive race."
"The House Democratic leadership is prepared to let Gov. Paterson take the fall if newly minted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's former upstate district winds up back in Republican hands," the New York Daily News reports. Republicans have a 70,000-voter registration advantage in NY-20. " 'Nobody in Washington is pleased we have to fight a special election in New York,' a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee official said. 'They presented us with a huge problem: a special in one of the worst Democratic-performing districts in America teed up three days after Barack Obama is inaugurated… There is a sense that the New York Democrats created the mess -- they need to clean it up and pay for the cleaning.'"