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More 2012: DCCC in 60 GOP districts

The DCCC will announce this morning that it “will report candidates running in 60 Republican and open districts, reaching its recruitment goal for the year and putting in play more than twice the 25 seats needed to gain the majority.” DCCC Chairman Steve Israel said in a statement: “Buyer’s remorse has set in with Independent voters across the country who are reject the Republican agenda that ends Medicare and fails to create jobs while protecting special interests and the ultra wealthy at the expense of the middle class and seniors.”

Examples of some of the candidates, released by the committee: “Jose Hernandez in CA10 (Astronaut),  Jamie Wall in WI08 (Businessman), Raul Ruiz in CA45 (Doctor), Luis Garcia in FL25 (Fire Chief), Christie Vilsack in IA04, Brendan Mullen in IN02 (Veteran), Val Demings in FL08 (Police Chief), John Douglas in VA10 (General) and former candidates and members like Gary McDowell (MI01), Mike Oliverio (WV01), Dan Maffiei (NY25), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ01).”

MASSACHUSETTS: The Boston Globe’s headline: “Brown campaign attributes plagiarism to ‘technical error’.” “A Democratic group [Super PAC American Bridge] has unearthed a bit of inspirational autobiography on Senator Scott Brown’s official website that was lifted verbatim from Elizabeth Dole’s site, language that originated in a campaign speech,” the Globe reports. “In a message to students, the Massachusetts senator uses the exact words as remarks delivered by the former North Carolina senator at her campaign kickoff in 2002. Brown’s staff acknowledged yesterday the words originally were Dole’s and said their presence in Brown’s message was the result of a technical error.” More: “Aside from the omission of an opening line – ‘I am Mary and John Hanford’s daughter’ -- in Dole’s speech, the Bay State Republican’s language is the same throughout.”

The campaign’s response: “Senator Dole’s website served as one of the models for Senator Brown’s website when he first took office. During construction of the site, the content on this particular page was inadvertently transferred without being rewritten,” Donnelly said. “It was a staff level oversight which we regret and is being corrected.”