Now, let’s bring Harry Teague down, and elect Steve Pearce.
“…5. Illinois’ 10th District (Republican-controlled): This North Shore district has been held relatively easily by Rep. Mark Kirk (R) for much of the past decade, but those election results belie the strong Democratic underpinnings of an electorate that gave Obama 61 percent of the vote in 2008. With Kirk now running for the Senate, this is a major target for Democrats. Dan Seals, who ran against Kirk in 2006 and 2008, is hoping the third time’s the charm, while state Rep. Julie Hamos (D) is also a serious contender. State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson and businessman Dick Green are the leading candidates on the Republican side.
4. New Mexico’s 2nd (Democratic-controlled): Not only did Rep. Harry Teague (D) inexplicably vote in favor of the Obama administration’s cap-and-trade energy bill earlier this year (his southern New Mexico district is filled with oil and gas companies), but he has also drawn his toughest possible opponent — former congressman Steve Pearce (R) — as he prepares to seek a second term in 2010. Not good.
3. New York’s 23rd (R): While Republicans outnumber Democrats by registration in this North Country seat, the GOP is in the midst of tearing itself apart as Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman (with a major assist from the Club for Growth) savages state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R) as insufficiently conservative. Meanwhile, businessman Bill Owens (D) is up with ads touting his military background and r?sum? as a job creator in an area that is in desperate economic straits.
2. Louisiana’s 3rd (D): Senate Democrats’ gain is House Democrats’ loss when it comes to Rep. Charlie Melancon (D). Melancon’s decision to take on Sen. David Vitter (R) in 2010 leaves open his seat in a southeastern Louisiana district where Obama won just 37 percent of the vote last November. Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle is seen as the 800-pound gorilla in the race, and if Democrats can get him to run under their banner, they could have a shot at holding the seat. (Angelle is considering the race but hasn’t announced whether he would run as a Democrat or a Republican.) No matter what happens, this is a very tough hold for Democrats.
1. Louisiana’s 2nd (R): Rep. Joseph Cao (R) isn’t coming back to Congress in a New Orleans area district that gave Obama 74 percent of the vote last year. The real fight is for the Democratic nomination….”
It looks like Pearce is attracting some attention and Teague is joining other Dems in falling behind in fund-raising. This could be significant.