"Early Friday morning she was scheduled to speak at a forum on Iraq, but was a no-show. An organizer later told me the ambassador had called in saying she wasn't feeling well. Perhaps it was for the better since the CBC had her sitting right by one of her nine political rivals, Al Sharpton; he stole the show with a speech that put the crowd on its feet. She also missed out on Senator Ted Kennedy who briefly plugged her, but then proceeded telling everyone how much he admires Al Sharpton."
From ABC News' Sharpton campaign reporter Beth Loyd:
"Reverend Sharpton spoke to more than 50 local black ministers at the Baptist Minister's Convention in Washington, D.C. Monday. He mini-stumped for about 10 minutes focusing his words on the power of the black church."
"'We can win in D.C. The power in D.C. is in the hands of those in this room,' he said. 'Everybody else is going to City Hall but I first came to where I know the strength is. We should not be endorsing drive-by candidates. We ought to support those who live with us or among us or are with us.'"
"After the speech, Sharpton expressed his outrage at the recent allegations of a leak by a Bush administration official, revealing the identity of a CIA operative."
"'There's nothing more antithetical and there's nothing more unpatriotic and nothing more criminal than what we've heard in these reports. And they ought to be investigated and if there's any truth to it, Mr. Rove ought to face the harshest prosecution and the harshest punishment if he, in fact, has done this.'"
"Sharpton has spent most of his time campaigning in South Carolina and Washington, D.C. but he says he's not worried about Dean's Washington endorsements."
"'You know, when Reverend Jackson ran 20 years ago, most of the Congressional Black Caucus did not support him. Most black mayors and governors didn't support him but he got three and a half million votes and over two-thirds of the black community's support. I believe in going to the people, I'm not looking for endorsements'."
Robert Salladay of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, "Gov. Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger entered the final week of the recall campaign at each other's throats Monday, in a fevered attempt to win over the small number of still-undecided voters." LINK
The Los Angeles Times account of Monday on the campaign trail including the California GOP Executive Board endorsement of Arnold and Arianna Huffington's decision making on the future of her candidacy. LINK
It's come down to a two-man race in California: Davis v. Schwarzenegger, the Washington Post 's William Booth and Rene Sanchez write. The duo work in the (GOP-quoted) phrase "Hail Mary Pass" with regard to Davis, and Garry South essentially agrees. LINK
Anne E. Kornblut of the Boston Globe reports that the White House has kept their hands off of the recall, despite what the Democrats may be saying. LINK
"Contrary to accusations by Governor Gray Davis, a Democrat, that the recall is a national Republican crusade to oust him from office, there is no evidence the Bush team is engineering the effort, and recent polling data suggest voters do not believe the recall has anything to do with Bush. If anything, the issue has been troublesome for the Bush administration, energizing Democrats nationally and giving presidential hopefuls yet another platform on which to campaign."