“Maine Rep. Mike Michaud announced [last night] that he will not run to replace retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R), a move that all but ensures fellow Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree will enter the race,” Roll Call reports.
CALIFORNIA: Gary Condit’s son is running for Congress in California.
MASSACHUSETTS: On the Blunt amendment, Scott “Brown has defended his position by invoking the support of a ‘conscience protection’ for Catholic health care workers by his Senate predecessor, Edward M. Kennedy, the late Catholic Democrat,” the Boston Globe writes. “But Kennedy’s former staffers and his son have said Kennedy was referring to doctors and nurses who did not wish to perform abortions because it was against their religion, and he would not have supported limiting health insurance coverage.”
NEW YORK: The New York Times editorial page runs this piece: “On Saturday, Speaker John Boehner is scheduled to gather in Florida with rich Republican donors, shoulder to shoulder with Representative Vern Buchanan, who is leading the fund-raising of House Republican candidates nationwide. Mr. Boehner seems utterly unperturbed by the fact that federal investigators are looking into allegations that Mr. Buchanan, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, failed to fully disclose his business holdings and charges that his companies reimbursed employees who contributed $90,000 in ‘straw donations’ to his campaign.”