ILLINOIS: Oh, the lengths some are going to replace Rahm Emanuel. "This past Sunday afternoon, 19 candidates made their pitches to an audience of 35 voters gathered in a smoky VFW hall in the snow-covered Windy City suburbs," Roll Call reports. "That candidate-to-voter ratio, however, was an improvement from the day before -- when 13 of those same politicians pandered to a single voter in the audience at a forum held at a local school."
NEW YORK: The Hill's Wilson says NY-20 is "becoming an obsession" for national Republicans. If Republican Jim Tedisco wins the March 31st special election, "Republicans will call it the first sign their party is back on track after so many devastating losses." Both the NRCC and RNC are involved in the race now. House Minority Leader John Boehner will campaign for Tedisco in the district in March, and RNC Chairman Michael Steele holds a fundraiser for him March 4.
Not to be complete outdone, Democrats will hold their own competing fundraiser for Scott Murphy on March 4th at DNC headquarters in DC. Invitees include: Kirsten Gillibrand, who held the seat for the past two cycles, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James Clyburn and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that Gov. David Paterson is adding some Clintonistas to beef up his staff. "Reeling from a series of setbacks, Gov. David A. Paterson has embarked on an ambitious shake-up of his administration, turning largely to veterans of the Clintons' far-flung network to try to steady the situation."
RHODE ISLAND: Rep. Patrick Kennedy may get a GOP challenger.