2014

Former Oregon GOP Candidate Was on Food Stamps
Mike Callahan now running for state GOP Chair

 

Mike Callahan, a two-time former Republican candidate for senate in Oregon, reportedly was on food stamps shortly after his divorce.

House Republicans Entrust Majority to Rogers at NRCC
New York native begins fourth cycle at committee, but first as executive director

John Rogers was part of the National Republican Congressional Committee team that limited the party’s losses in the House to a net of just six seats in last year’s election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Midterm elections are supposed to be trouble for the president’s party, but House Republicans are confident that if they have a problem, John Rogers can solve it.

Rogers was born in Amsterdam, New York, a small-town about a half-hour west of Albany, but Republican friends know him best for once identifying an unlikely takeover opportunity three hours south in New York City.

Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

California Rep. Darrell Issa will face another challenge from Doug Applegate, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

Mary Landrieu Closes the Door on Another Run
Ex-senator will not be joining former colleagues seeking Senate comebacks

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu now works for Van Ness Feldman, representing clients in the energy industry. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu has ruled out another run for elected office, and definitely "not ever" again for Senate.

"I've pretty much closed that door," the Louisiana Democrat said in an interview with CQ Magazine. "Definitely not ever again for Congress."

McConnell Says 2020 Re-Election Run a 'Great Likelihood'
"I'm at the top of my game," Senate majority leader says

Senate Majority Leader Mith McConnell is already the longest-serving senator from Kentucky. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is very likely that he will run for re-election in 2020.  

"I'm at the top of my game," the Kentucky Republican told  the Lexington CBS affiliate WKYT in an interview that aired Sunday. "I think I've been effective in serving our people, and there's a great likelihood I'll run again."  

Congressional Aide Resigns Following Indictment
Charges against David Bowser stem from when he worked for then-Rep. Paul Broun

U.S. Capitol Building. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

The chief of staff for Rep. Mimi Walters resigned on Thursday following his indictment on federal charges that he misappropriated funds to pay a campaign consultant while he worked for then-Rep. Paul Broun.

Walter's office confirmed that David G. Bowser, 45, had stepped down, highlighting that the counts against him occurred before Walters, a California Republican, became a member of Congress.

‘14 Losers Looking for Second Chance in ‘16
A dozen House candidates hoping to turn narrow losses into future victories

Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider is running against Rep. Robert Dold to reclaim his old seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In sports and in politics, losing by a little can be harder than losing by a lot. At least a dozen 2016 candidates are hoping that their close calls in 2014 were more than a mirage of a missed opportunity.  

California Republican Paul Chabot could barely get national GOP strategists to acknowledge his existence last cycle when he lost to Democrat Pete Aguilar, 52-48 percent, in the 31st District open-seat race.