The Note: Touching a Nerve

The New York Observer's Ben Smith chronicles how Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made himself the point man on the ports deal. And he has Schumer defending himself on anti-Arab charges with this argument: "Let's say skinheads had bought a company to take over our port. I think the outcry would have been the same." LINK

In a Washington Times op-ed, former Reagan official Bruce Bartlett places blame for the blundered ports deal squarely on the shoulders of the White House. LINK


Fred Dicker of the New York Post offers a must-read look at the state of the New York GOP. He writes of a party which has returned to its Javits vs. D'Amato class-driven factions in its current crop of potential nominees and he hints at a dog-bites-man D'Amato endorsement of Eliot Spitzer should the D'Amato faction of the party lose to the Pataki/Giuliani faction in the primary. Read every word! LINK

(Of course, D'Amato himself is no longer lives the blue-collar lifestyle.)

In a second must read, Dicker writes up KT McFarland's voting history (or lack thereof) and dual registered addresses on the voter rolls. Chairman Minarik's favorable comments for John Spencer's candidacy for his party's nod are included too. LINK

With all due respect to the shoe-leather capacities of Herr Dicker, ask yourself: did this prime oppo come from Team Spencer, the Democrats, or somewhere else?

Expect some anti-Sen. Clinton rhetoric here. The New York Republican Committee announced it will hold its convention May 31 - June 1 on Long Island. LINK

"Stopping just a speck shy of giving his outright endorsement, Minarik said Spencer offers a sharper contrast to Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who is seeking reelection this year," writes Joe Mahoney of the New York Daily News. LINK

"As for McFarland, a former highranking Pentagon official who has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 20 years, Minarik told the Daily News: 'I just don't think she brings anything to the ticket.'"

Tom Suozzi accused his primary opponent Eliot Spitzer of being behind a lawsuit filed against Suozzi by a police union. Spitzer calls that Notion, "silly," reports the New York Post's Haberman. LINK

Patrick Healy of the New York Times describes Tom Suozzi as "handsome" in his television ad debut as a candidate for governor. LINK

Roll Call's David M. Drucker reports that allegiances can be fleeting in California, where Rep. Elton Gallegly, who announced his retirement just hours before last Friday's filing deadline, is expected to re-enter the 24th District race. California GOP Vice Chairman and Ventura County Sheriff Commander David Tennessen, who had moved to endorse Michael Tenenbaum (R-CA) after Rep.Gallegly's announcement, now says he will again back Gallegly.

Is the new -- a site run by the National Republican Senatorial Committee which highlights the "lavish lifestyle" of Tennessee Senatorial candidate Rep. Harold Ford Jr. -- racist?

The Washington Times reports some liberal bloggers say it is. LINK

Wayne Washington of The State discusses Park Gillespie's (R-SC) GOP-induced upcoming decision to pull out of the congressional race in favor of his primary opponent, Ralph Norman (R-SC), and points out that this decision would "clear the field for Norman two days before Cheney is scheduled to headline a $2,100-per-couple luncheon." LINK

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