On Sunday, the New York Times noted how some Democrats think the best midterm strategy is for President Obama NOT to campaign in their districts and states. “Three months before the midterm elections, the president is stepping up his involvement in the fight to preserve the Democratic Party’s control of Congress. But advisers said he would concentrate largely on delivering a message, raising money and motivating voters from afar, rather than on racing from district to district.”
More: “It is a vivid shift from the last two elections, when Mr. Obama was the hottest draw for Democratic candidates in red and blue states alike. And it highlights the tough choices Democrats face as they head toward Election Day with the president’s approval ratings depressed, Republicans energized, the economic slump still lingering and two veteran House Democrats now facing public hearings on ethics charges.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said was “not nervous at all” about Democrats’ midterm chances. But she took a bit of a shot at White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about what the president's employees say about one thing or another. … We feel very confident about where we are, whether that's well known to that gentleman or not.”
“Scott Brown is preparing to spend the final three months of the midterm campaign boosting Republican prospects for a long-shot Senate takeover, and party strategists are eager to leverage the Massachusetts Senator’s star power,” Roll Call writes.
FLORIDA: The St. Petersburg Times has a critical look at Democratic Senate candidate Jeff Greene’s public image compared with his persona beyond the glossy commercials, "a man widely disparaged by current and former employees, former tenants and political consultants as a self-absorbed cheapskate. A lawsuit accuses him of being cruel and verbally abusive to his former chef. A deckhand shocked on Greene's Summerwind yacht had to fight eight months to get his medical bills paid after Greene denied knowing him."
At a campaign event for Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio, Rep. Eric Cantor "professed his allegiance to the GOP rising star," the Miami Herald writes. "`I've got Marco mania,' said Cantor, who is at the forefront of the GOP crusade to take back control of Congress in the November election. `Not only does Florida need Marco, America needs Marco.' Cantor didn't mention Rubio's chief Senate rival, Gov. Charlie Crist, by name but referred to him as `only interested in perpetuating a political life for himself rather than standing up for the people of Florida.'"
MASSACHUSETTS: “As the casino resorts he once championed teetered closer to defeat yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick was walking a tightrope between two important parts of his base: liberals, many of whom were horrified at the prospect of casino gambling in the state; and labor unions, which view resort casinos as a major source of new jobs,” the Boston Globe writes.
NEW YORK: “When Mario Cuomo was serving as lieutenant governor, he moved in part time with his son, Andrew, who was then in law school in Albany -- to make sure the young man wasn't up to any sexual shenanigans, New York magazine reports,” per the New York Post. “‘He was just trying to slow down my bedroom activity,’ Andrew told the magazine, setting the record straight on the much-reported father-son living arrangement. The elder Cuomo, who was elected governor in 1982, famously hung a Virgin Mary in the apartment.”