Wherever It Leads

Michael Saul's New York Daily News campaign column has Jeanine Pirro's spokesman talking up her unsurprising support for Michael Bloomberg's reelection bid and an added benefit for Bloomberg in not having a GOP primary opponent. LINK

New York Magazine's Greg Sargent reports of Ferrer campaign efforts to organize a post-primary Democratic unity event a month before primary voters head to the polls. LINK

Politics:

"Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) accuses two GOP colleagues of helping mastermind his fall from power in 2002, in a tell-all memoir set for release next week," reports Roll Call's Mark Preston.

"The Mississippi Republican charges that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and former Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) seized on his "innocent and thoughtless remark" about former Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-S.C.) 1948 Dixiecrat presidential campaign to force him to resign his position as Republican leader."

Note well the Joe Allbaugh part and the Amy Call quote.

Jeff Bliss and Robert Schmidt of Bloomberg News write up Sen. Schumer's Washington clout in contrast to his being overshadowed by the Junior Senator back home in the Empire State. This one will give both Phil Singer and Iris Weinshall a good night's sleep. LINK

By coincidence, Schumer gets the 2,000-plus word M. Liebovich Style treatment today, in a story that has no discernible news but is a nice profile of the often seen and heard from senior Senator from New York. LINK

The State's Lee Bandy writes that Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) has invited Rep. Tom DeLay to his campaign fundraiser next week in South Carolina, which is getting a bit more media attention than usual. LINK

The week ahead:

Former President Clinton is in Chicago, IL today to speak at Ebony and Jet founder John Johnson's funeral.

Sen. George Allen (R-VA) continues his listening tour through the Commonwealth of Virginia today and tomorrow.

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff is expected to appear in US District Court in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Tuesday at 9:00 am ET before Judge Barry Garber.

Tuesday evening will mark the first official Democratic mayoral primary debate in New York, NY at 7:00 pm ET.

Also on Tuesday, the Washington State Democratic Party will hold their 12th annual Warren G. Magnuson with special guest Senator John Edwards in Seattle, WA.

John Edwards will also join Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) to headline the kickoff event for the Progressive Legislative Action Network gathering, Seattle, WA.

The National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Meeting and Exhibition gets underway on Tuesday in Seattle, WA.

Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman will be the featured speaker at the Ohio County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner on Wednesday in Wheeling, WV.

On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI makes his first international trip as Pope to Cologne, Germany.

John Kerry addresses the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in Seattle, WA on Friday.

Also on Friday, Bill Clinton celebrates his 59th birthday, and Tipper Gore has a birthday also -- about her 38th, we think.

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