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But The Seat’s Not “Red”…Yet

From this morning’s “Morning Score” email from Politico, which I called last night.

PICKING FAVORITES: The DCCC is announcing 11 new additions to its “Red to Blue” list of targeted races Monday, with two particularly telling names on the list: Hawaii state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, the non-DCCC-favored candidate in last month’s special election for her state’s 1st Congressional District, and West Virginia state Sen. Mike Oliverio, who ousted Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan in a May primary. Neither of those contenders was their party’s top choice; both of them are now the standard-bearers Democrats have settled on for November. Also on the list: Tarryl Clark (in MN-06); Chad Causey (in AR-01); Joyce Elliott (in AR-02); Denny Heck (in WA-03); Julie Lassa (in WI-07); Gary McDowell (in MI-01); Tommy Sowers (in MO-08); Manan Trivedi (in PA-06) and Trent Van Haaften (in IN-08).

NOTABLE: Seven of those seats are actually not targeted for flipping from “red to blue” — they’re open seats being targeted for retention.

(The “Picking Favorites” opening at the start of that paragraph is the actual wording used in the email.  It’s irony applying to what the DCCC, DPW, and David Obey did is just delicious to no end.)

As I posted last night in my compilation post, the DCCC doesn’t have a catch-all program for its seats like the NRCC’s “Young Guns,” so they’re piggybacking the name “Red to Blue” for many of the Democratic-held open seats this cycle.  The confusion (and irony) is that many of these seats were never “Red” in the first place.

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The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry

So much for the Democrats avoiding a primary in the 7th Congressional District. Not that Dave Obey, Mike Tate, and others didn’t try.

One almost have to love the acting job Rep. Louis Molepske Jr. (D-Stevens Point) did in his role of “Lone Elected Official Holding Out and Thinking About Challenging the Establishment.”   Stellar work sir.

Emmy worthy actually.

An author and internet consultant from Iron River, Wisconsin wants to grab retiring Wisconsin Congressmen Dave Obey’s seat.

Joe Reasbeck is expected to make the official announcement tomorrow morning at the Richard Bong Museum in Superior.

Reasbeck, who will be a Democratic contender, says he seeds a need for leadership to create sustainable jobs that help diversify the economy. He says it’s important because local economics today are competing with the world.

Reasbeck most recently served as an advisor on the Google Twin Ports Movie.

Wisconsin State Senator Julie Lassa is also campaigning for the 7th district office on the Democratic ticket.

Ashland District Attorney Sean Duffy and Dan Mielke are the Republican contenders for the seat.

A quick Google search on Reasbeck finds that his is the author of “Nearfall,” the story about two brothers on their high school wrestling team.  It hit paperback in 2007.   Another link shows their was talk about making it into a movie in 2009.

So if all of the above is true, he’s going to have money possibly attached to him.  Which likely means Lassa won’t have a “gnat,” but an actual challenger here depending on how series of a run Mr. Reasbeck puts it.

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Lassa to Run in WI-07

Was she the one made “Heir Apparent” at the rumored summit held by Obey over the past weekend in Wausau?  Or is she just the first one in?

Dem state Sen. Julie Lassa has decided to get in the race for the 7th CD to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Dave Obey, sources tell WisPolitics.

One top Dem source said an announcement was “imminent.”

Lassa, 39, was elected to the state Assembly in 1998 and then won a special election in 2003 for her Senate seat, which covers the Stevens Point, Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield areas along the southern edge of the 7th CD.

Of the political dominoes, Lassa makes the most sense.  Her State Senate seat is not up for re-election until 2012, so she can run and still keep her seat if she’s unsuccessful.  All other potential elected legislators talked as potential candidates would have to relinquish their seats for the November election. No reported comment on whether they were going to jump in from State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Schofield), State Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls), Rep. Louis Molepske (D-Stevens Point), or Rep. Amy Sue Vruewink (D-Marshfield) as of today.

Wausau Attorney Christine Bremmer has already chosen not to run.

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