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Topic - Darrell M. West
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.
Bill de Blasio's win in New York City's mayoral race has put the Democrat in charge of the nation's largest city and smack in the middle of the nation's largest media market —giving him an unmatched platform both to pursue liberal policies and to cause all sorts of headaches for his party's leaders in Washington.
Democrats have vilified super PACs since the Supreme Court deemed the murky megamoney-spenders legal in early 2010. And leading that charge has been President Obama, who, during his State of the Union speech that year, famously chastised the PACs' power for unlimited political spending with little transparency.
While some Democrats have made it clear that they would rather not be seen with President Obama on the campaign trail this fall, likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney doesn't appear to face the same problem.
Republicans could win Tuesday by losing their bid to take over control of the Senate.
"This is an issue that Republicans expect to emphasize in the fall, and Jolly's victory in a competitive district demonstrates that this continues to be an excellent issue for the GOP," Mr. West said. "Democrats put a lot of effort into winning this race, and the loss suggests this will be a tough fall for the national party."
"The Florida election is a test case of the power of Obamacare," said Darrell M. West, vice president and director of Governance Studies at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution.