House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, gets his wish: Rep. Vito Fossella, R-N.Y., has spent that time with his family and has decided not to seek another term. From the statement out Tuesday morning: "After a great deal of consideration, I have made the decision not to seek re-election to the United States House of Representatives this November. This choice was an extremely difficult one, balanced between my dedication to service to our great nation and the need to concentrate on healing the wounds that I have caused to my wife and family."
The McCain Lobby Dance:
When good campaign ideas go bad: Sooner or later, this drumbeat of McCain resignations over lobbying ties is going to take a toll.
"Sorting out the lobbying entanglements of his campaign advisers is proving to be a messy business for Senator John McCain," Barry Meier and Kate Zernike write in The New York Times. "Mr. McCain's political identity has long been defined by his calls for reducing the influence of special interests in Washington. But as he heads toward the general election as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, he has increasingly confronted criticism that his campaign staff is stocked with people who have made their living as lobbyists or in similar jobs, leaving his credentials as a reformer open to attack."
Obama sees an opening: He said voters should be concerned that "after nearly three decades in Washington, John McCain can't see or won't acknowledge what's obvious to all of us here today -- that lobbyists aren't just part of the system in Washington, they're part of the problem," Matthew Mosk and Michael D. Shear report in The Washington Post.
Mosk and Shear: "Obama's attacks on Monday -- and the McCain campaign's fast retort -- underscore how both candidates plan to take aim at K Street lobbyists and the influence they peddle at the White House and in Congress. The two men are essentially competing to be known as the anti-lobbyist candidate."
Charlie Black told reporters that he never lobbies candidates for whom he's working -- but Politico's Mike Allen reports that that's maybe not quite accurate. "Lobbying filings show that in 2003 and 2004, Black's firm lobbied the Defense Department, State Department and Executive Office of the President on behalf of the Fluor Corp., a U.S. contractor in Iraq," Allen writes. "And the filings show that in 2004, Black's firm lobbied the Executive Office of the President on behalf of Occidental Petroleum Corp. on Middle East trade and energy issues."
Per The Wall Street Journal's Mary Jacoby and Elizabeth Holmes: "One issue that isn't clear is the nature of [campaign manager Rick] Davis's private-sector work before he joined the McCain campaign. Mr. Black told reporters that neither Mr. Davis nor anyone else at his firm 'has been a registered lobbyist in five years.' The campaign later said it was three years."
MoveOn.org launches a new campaign targeting Charlie Black on Tuesday.
And so the general election continues. McCain knows how to fight back: He was in Chicago Monday to blast Obama's "inexperience and reckless judgment," taking issue with his claim that Iran is not as serious a threat to the US as the Soviet Union once was, ABC's Bret Hovell reports.