The Note: Catoctin Cacophony

If you love the theater of American politics, The Note pities you if you missed the recent two-act play involving the Senate campaign of K.T. McFarland, the self-styled Reagan Republican facing off against former Yonkers mayor John Spencer for the right to run against Hillary Clinton in the fall. First, last week, McFarland's bad copping consultant Ed Rollins made a repeat appearance on New York 1's "Inside City Hall," to tell Dominic Carter about Spencer's alleged bigamist, nepotinistic past. This weekend, on WCBS's "Kirtzman and Kramer," McFarland herself appeared and was asked by her count nine times by Carter's "good friend" Andrew Kirtzman if she did or did not support/endorse Rollins' charges. The Note cannot do justice in print to these two tangos. They should be posted back to back on some enterprising website. Someone please do that, and send us the link.

In an election season that many Democrats think will wash many a Red section Blue, Maryland Democrats fear a reprisal in the form of Kweisi Mfume, the former NAACP president running in the Senate Democratic primary. The Post's Lee Hockstader has the story. LINK

2006: Governor:

In one of the day's must-reads, USA Today sees Democrats slipping in gubernatorial races across the country, taking particular Note of Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI) and Gov. Jim Doyle (D-WI). LINK

Ninety days before the GOP primary election, Attorney General Charlie "Chain-Gang" Crist -- and gubernatorial candidate -- "sashayed and danced" at a Youth Center salsa night during a three-day campaign blitz across the state. Gary Fineout of the Miami Herald reports that Crist leads opponent Tom Gallagher in nearly every poll. LINK

The Philadelphia Inquirer Notes that Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Lynn Swann has tapped two new advisors to help him with policy and outreach in his contest against incumbent governor Ed Rendell. LINK

The Schwarzenegger Era:

Newsweek's Karen Breslau writes up Gov. Schwarzenegger's environmental record and proposed policies as a moderating force for the Republican seeking reelection in environmentally friendly California. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher Cooper has Duf Sundheim, the chairman of the California Republican Party, hoping that Gov. Schwarzenegger can "win support from moderates and the expanding Latino electorate" without offending his deeply conservative base, by coupling a "mix of personal anecdotes with a moderate policy stance."

2006: House:

The Washington Post's Peter Slevin frames the House race in AZ-05 between Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) and Democrat Harry Mitchell as a test of the GOP's hard line on immigration. LINK

The campaign to succeed Major Owens in New York's majority African American 11th congressional district appears to be largely about race. The New York Times' Jonathan Hicks takes a closer look. LINK

2008: Republicans:

The Arizona Capitol Times on their busy-body Senator. "In the course of Arizona Sen. John McCain's all-but-announced campaign for the presidency, the presumed front-runner for the Republican nomination has been busily building an organization and doling out favors, all in the hopes that they will be returned when he launches his White House bid." LINK

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