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2009/2010: Fiorina, Kennedy

CALIFORNIA: "Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, announced Tuesday that she has begun 'the formal process' to explore a challenge to liberal California Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). Fiorina, who served as a senior economic adviser to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, has filed the name 'Carly for California' with the IRS."
 
ILLINOIS: "Businessman Chris Kennedy announced Tuesday that he will not seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in Illinois, paving the way for state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias to become the favorite." Kennedy is the son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. 
 
NEW JERSEY: "The top federal prosecutor in New Jersey is facing an internal ethics investigation over public comments that may have helped his ex-boss' campaign for governor, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday… Asked about the issue of corruption in the state, Marra said: 'There are easily reforms that could be made within this state that would make our job easier, or even take some of the load off our job. There are too many people that profit off the system the way it is and so they have no incentive to change it. The few people that want to change it seem to get shouted down. So how long that cycle's going to continue I just don't know.' Justice Department guidelines say a prosecutor 'shall refrain from making extrajudicial comments that pose a serious and imminent threat of heightening public condemnation of the accused.'" (Republican Chris Christie is running for governor and was Marra's former boss.)

Christie failed to disclose a $46,000 to a high-ranking U.S. Attorney staffer who used to work for him. And in a campaign appearance yesterday, Christie said, "I'm not perfect, and I'm not going to be. I'm going to make mistakes and when I make mistakes I'm going to own up to them. This was a mistake and an oversight on my part." Christie pledged to "amend his 2007 tax return to include the $420 in interest earned that year, and that he would estimate earning $2,400 in interest for 2008."  
 
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) called for a federal investigation of Christie's oversight. "Add this to the growing list of Christie's capers," Pascrell said. "A prosecutor at his level should know that once he gave that loan, no matter how well-intended it was, it changed the relationship between Mr. Christie and Ms. Brown."

VIRGINIA: Virginia gubernatorial candidates Creigh Deeds (D) and Bob McDonnell (R) both picked up big endorsements yesterday. Deeds received the official support of the Virginia's Legislative Black Caucus, a month after BET co-founder Sheila Johnson, a lifelong Democrat, endorsed McDonnell. The Republican candidate got the backing of the Virginia Association of Realtors; 62% of the group's total contributions in the past four years have gone to Republicans.