endorsement-watch

Former Hillary Clinton Aide Blasts Gillibrand Over Bill Clinton Comments
Former president should have resigned over Lewinsky episode, NY senator said

New York Sen. Kristin Gillibrand said Thursday she thought it would have been "appropriate" for President Bill Clinton to step down after the Monica Lewinsky scandal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A former Hillary Clinton State Department aide had harsh words for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who said Thursday that President Bill Clinton should have resigned after an inappropriate sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Philippe Reines, Hillary Clinton’s deputy assistant secretary of state for strategic communications, called Gillibrand a “hypocrite” for the comments.

Texas Democrats on Pelosi’s Help: Meh
Senate and House hopefuls unite in calls for new party leadership

Support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is an afterthought for the Democratic hopefuls in Texas' 23rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to support from their party’s House leader, Texas Democratic hopefuls can take it or leave it.

In Texas’ 23rd District, all four Democrats running against Republican Rep. Will Hurd were at best lukewarm in their enthusiasm for a potential endorsement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — with some suggesting they would not welcome the California Democrat’s help.

Schilling Fundraising for GOP Senate Hopeful in Massachusetts
Retired MLB star turned Breitbart radio host to appear at two fundraising events next week

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is headlining two fundraisers for a Massachusetts Republican Senate hopeful. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images File Photo)

Former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling is using his Beantown prestige to help raise money for a Republican Senate hopeful in Massachusetts.

Schilling is throwing his weight behind state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who is challenging Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the 2018 election.

Poll: Irma Response Boosts Scott in Potential Race Against Nelson
Florida GOP governor considering challenging Democratic incumbent

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott is considering a challenge to incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has scored political points for quickly mobilizing resources to deal with hurricane relief in his state this month.

And now he is narrowly beating Sen. Bill Nelson in a head-to-head matchup for the Florida seat Nelson will defend in 2018, a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll released Wednesday showed.

Democrats Passing on Corporate Money Snag New Endorsement
End Citizens United PAC is backing candidates focused on campaign finance

Four Democratic challengers have pledged not to accept corporate PAC money. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Four House Democratic challengers are pledging not to accept corporate PAC money in their campaigns, earning them the endorsement of the End Citizens United PAC.

End Citizens United’s executive director, Tiffany Muller, said the challengers’ decision marks a shift among candidates who see campaign finance overhaul as a winning message.

EMILY’s List Backs First House Challenger of 2018 Cycle
Democrat Katie Porter is challenging GOP’s Mimi Walters in California

Democrat Katie Porter, right, has already been endorsed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her bid for California’s 45th District seat. (Courtesy Katie Porter for Congress)

Updated 9:11 a.m.| In its first endorsement of a House challenger in the 2018 cycle, EMILY’s List is backing Katie Porter, a law professor challenging California Republican Rep. Mimi Walters. The early endorsement signals that the abortion rights group will be aggressively targeting House Republicans in the midterm elections.

“EMILY’s List is thrilled to endorse Katie Porter in this critical race to take back the House of Representatives,” Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. “We need leaders on Capitol Hill who aren’t afraid to stand up to [Donald] Trump associates, big banks, and entrenched special interests who wield tremendous power over the White House, the Trump family, and a Republican-controlled Congress.”

Coats on Short List for Director of National Intelligence
In consideration along with Fran Townsend and Admiral Michael Rogers

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is retiring at the beginning of 2017 . (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Indiana Sen. Dan Coats is being considered for the position of Director of National Intelligence in a Trump administration, according to reports.

Coats met with President Elect Donald Trump on Wednesday, though he said he did not talk with him about a cabinet position but about the deal Trump struck with Carrier to stay in Indiana.

House Democrats Still Want Leadership Changes After Re-Electing Pelosi
Many members want to see truly elected positions, not appointed and confirmed

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, flanked by Democratic House leaders, speaks to reporters following the House Democrats’ leadership elections on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats decided Wednesday they aren’t ready to change the top rung of their leadership, but many are still hankering for something new after re-electing Nancy Pelosi minority leader for the 115th Congress.

Some of that change is expected to come Thursday as the caucus meets to discuss proposals for amending internal rules that will result in an expanded leadership team — the exact structure of which is up for debate. Other winds of change will likely arise in the coming months and years.

Barletta Says He’s Considering Trump’s Labor Offer
Pa. Republican credited with helping deliver home state for president-elect

Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta was an early congressional backer of Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Challenger Pits Pelosi Against Rank-and-File Democrats
Drama surrounds veteran lawmaker’s bid to retain control of divided caucus

Nancy Pelosi, who has been the top House Democrat since 2003, is facing a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi puts her leadership position on the line Wednesday morning, facing criticism from rank-and-file Democrats and an opponent agitating for change after three consecutive unsuccessful attempts to retake control of the chamber.

The 76-year-old Californian is expected to prevail by capturing a simple majority in the secret balloting, but some Democrats predict the race could be close. As of Tuesday evening, at least 80 caucus members had publicly committed to Pelosi.