The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it raised $6.1 million in January -- it’s biggest January haul in history. The National Republican Congressional Committee raised $4.4 million last month.
KENTUCKY: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run. Sarah Duran, president of the Louisville Tea Party, told The Hill that Bevin had been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race.”
NEW JERSEY: Not sure this is a headline that will win Chris Christie any votes in a GOP presidential primary: “Christie: ‘I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo’.” A former Democratic county chairman from Upstate New York said he met Christie he told him, “I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: Mark Sanford on “TODAY”: "I failed mightily." He acknowledged that his run is partially because "we all hope for redemption." He also said, "If we live long enough, we're going to fail at something." Despite his settling ethics charges and pay $74,000 in fines as well as an additional $66,223 for the cost of the investigation, Sanford contended that he may have failed in marriage, but "not the taxpayer.”
Flashback to the March 2010. The Columbia State: “In the agreement, released Thursday, the Ethics Commission issued a public reprimand to the governor and disagreed with his argument that he broke no laws. … Sanford previously reimbursed the state $3,300 for airfare for a 2008 South America trade trip, sponsored by the state Commerce Department, during which he met his lover.” More: " ‘The fact that he signed the consent order, there's clearly some issue,’ said state Sen. Larry Martin, R-Pickens.”
And: “S.C. House lawmakers held impeachment hearings to investigate but decided only to formally rebuke the governor.”
Here’s Sanford new ad, in which he says, “I’ve experienced how none of us go through life without mistakes. But in their wake we can learn a lot about grace, a God of second chances and be the better for it. In that light, I humbly step forward and ask for your help in changing Washington.”