- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Busy boy

Rudolph W. Giuliani took off Monday on a five-state tour for Republican candidates that could end up helping him, should he decide to run for president in 2008, the New York Post reports.

The former New York mayor began with a fundraiser for Sen. Mike DeWine Monday night in Ohio. Mr. DeWine is in a face-off with Rep. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat, for the Senate position.

Yesterday, Mr. Giuliani was scheduled to visit Arkansas before heading to Illinois and then on to Pennsylvania for an event with Republican Sen. Rick Santorum. The jaunt is to wrap up in Delaware today.

Jeb and John

Jeb Bush on the ticket in 2008? Maybe, as someone’s running mate.

Mr. Bush repeatedly has said he won’t run for president in the next election, but he’s never ruled out the No. 2 job and didn’t on Monday when asked about teaming up with Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

“I like Senator McCain. I think he’s a good guy,” Mr. Bush told reporters in Tallahassee after returning from a vacation in Maine with his family.

When prodded about the likelihood of a McCain-Bush ticket, Mr. Bush hedged just slightly, the Associated Press reports.

“There’s all sorts of time to worry about the 2008 election,” he said.

Feud ends

Ohio Democrat Paul Hackett, who in February angrily quit the race for a U.S. Senate seat after party leaders abandoned him, has endorsed his former primary rival.

Mr. Hackett, an Iraq war veteran, said his fight with Rep. Sherrod Brown is over, and the two rallied in Cincinnati on Monday to show their unity. Mr. Hackett blamed himself for fomenting discord within the party, saying he suddenly realized last week that he was unnecessarily hurting them both by sulking about the way his primary challenge ended.

“I was cutting my grass and said to myself … it’s totally unproductive for me to be largely responsible for this antagonistic relationship between me and Sherrod,” Mr. Hackett told the Associated Press.

Mr. Brown entered the Senate race in October a few days after Mr. Hackett and immediately had the support of key Senate Democrats, such as Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, the chairman of the party’s Senate campaign committee.

House vs. Senate

House Republicans have scheduled seven hearings for later this month on the Senate’s immigration legislation, which would grant citizenship rights to some of the estimated 10 million to 12 million illegal aliens now in the country. House Republicans, who support a bill that deals only with securing the border, are determined to tar the Senate bill as a repeat of the 1986 amnesty bill, reports Charles Hurt of The Washington Times.

Though the bill is supported by several important Republican senators, House Republicans have branded it “the Reid-Kennedy bill” for Democratic Sens. Harry Reid of Nevada and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts — both favorite Republican targets.

The House Judiciary Committee will hold two hearings this month, one on whether the “bill’s amnesty provisions repeat the mistakes of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986” and a second on whether the Senate bill would overburden Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold two hearings comparing the House and Senate bills and looking into whether the Senate bill makes it more difficult for law enforcement to expedite the removal of illegal aliens.

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold two hearings as well. One will explore whether the “guest” worker provisions in the Senate bill hurt American workers, and the other will consider whether the bill encourages immigrants to learn English.

The House International Relations Committee, which held field hearings earlier this month in California and Texas, will hold a hearing later in the month on whether the Senate bill undercuts “American diplomatic efforts aimed at curbing illegal immigration.”

Slanted report?

The office of Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, has accused former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw of a lack of objectivity and balance in the upcoming Discovery Channel documentary “Global Warming: What You Need to Know.”

“Brokaw’s partisan past and his reliance on scientists who openly endorsed Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004 and who are financially affiliated with left-wing environmental groups, has resulted in a documentary that is devoid of balance and objectivity,” said a statement put out by Inhofe aide Marc Morano.

Mr. Inhofe is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Roger Pielke Sr., a climatologist and professor of atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University, viewed an advance copy of the Brokaw special and said it contained “errors and misconceptions.”

Taking a stand

A long list of prominent conservatives, in a letter to the Wall Street Journal on Monday, called for a “comprehensive solution” to illegal immigration, “one that includes border security, interior enforcement, a guest worker program and status for the illegal immigrants already here.”

Those who signed the letter rejected the “enforcement first” stance that most Republicans favored, saying that the real problem was the nation’s failure to allow for a reasonable number of legal immigrants.

The letter was signed by 33 well-known conservatives, including former Rep. Jack Kemp, New York Republican; former Secretary of State George P. Shultz; former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Jeane Kirkpatrick; Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist; Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol; former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie; former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes; and pundits Lawrence Kudlow and John Podhoretz.

GOP complaint

The campaign arm of Senate Republicans has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Republican candidate that they don’t want in Rhode Island.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is backing Sen. Lincoln Chafee, a liberal Rhode Island Republican who is being challenged by conservative Stephen Laffey, the mayor of Cranston.

The complaint focuses on a letter that Mr. Laffey sent to city property owners with their tax bills last month. In the letter, Mr. Laffey said he ran for mayor to put the city back on its feet and saved it from bankruptcy by creating a $20 million surplus.

“I am happy to say that together, we have succeeded beyond our expectations!” the letter said.

In a complaint filed with the FEC, the NRSC said the city should not have paid for a letter touting the mayor’s accomplishments in an election year. The complaint named Mr. Laffey, his Senate campaign and the city of Cranston.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or [email protected]washingtontimes.


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