Quick Hits

 Here are some other items making news today.

Shirley Sherrod, the former USDA official in charge of rural development in Georgia, will sue Andrew Breitbart who edited her remarks at a NAACP Freedom Fund dinner to appear as if she were making racist remarks when in fact the opposite was true. Mrs. Sherrod made the announcement Thursday in San Diego at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention. More from USA Today.

Ian Welsh wrote earlier this week on the divide he witnessed at Netroots Nation. On the one hand, "about half the people there are some combination of angry, disappointed and bitter with Democrats in general and Obama in particular" and there are those "folks who would characterize themselves, in general, as hard nosed pragmatists and 'realists'." Today, Jonathan Cohn of the New Republic castigates those who talk "about disappointment and disillusionment" in an article entitled The Stupidity of Liberal Apathy.

The Miami Herald has published a poll from Quinnipiac University showing millionaire outsiders in their first run for office besting established career politicians in both the GOP Governor primary and in the Democratic Senate primary.

Republican Rick Scott holds an 11 percentage-point lead over Attorney General Bill McCollum in the GOP race for governor, a Quinnipiac University poll finds.

In the main statewide race for Democrats -- the U.S. Senate contest -- Jeff Greene is beating U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek by 10 percentage points, the poll shows.

Neither Greene nor Scott have held elected office before. McCollum has held or run for office for the past 30 years. Meek has been in Congress and the Legislature for more than a decade.

Both political newcomers have relied on a simple formula to best their rivals: Spend millions on television ads and watch your poll numbers rise. Greene has outspent Meek by an estimated $6 million. Scott has poured an estimated $30 million into his race, doubling what McCollum has spent. ``Money matters. You can go from nobody knowing you to becoming a front-runner if you spend enough,'' said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. ``That's not to say it's only money,'' Brown added. ``The messages that Scott and Greene have been able to send to voters through record television ad spending have been effective.'' But Brown cautions that ``anything can happen'' leading up to the Aug. 24 primary. Voters haven't completely made up their minds. And many don't know for whom they'll vote.

In the Democratic Senate race, more than a third of likely voters are undecided. And a majority -- 54 percent -- say they might change their minds.

In the Republican governor's race, 23 percent of likely voters are undecided; 43 percent say they might change their minds; 55 percent say their minds are made up.

GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced Wednesday night that he is considering introducing a constitutional amendment that would change existing law to no longer grant citizenship to the children of immigrants born in the United States. The full story from Politico.

Samuel and Charles Wyly , two billionaire brothers from Dallas who founded Sterling Software and who are large donors to conservative causes, were charged by the SEC with conducting an extensive securities fraud including insider trading. The story in the New York Times.

Florida Senate Race Aggregate Polls Show Tie

This might be old news, but I'm pretty sure its new (at least to me).  I've been out of the election news loop due to preparing for a Kenyan expedition, so correct me if this has been posted before.

Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio, and Kendrick Meeks are in a hotly contested race for the United States Senate in Florida. This race became high profile with Crist’s departure from the Republican Party to declare himself an Independent. RealClearPolitics.com (generally considered to be conservative and lean right) compiles aggregate polls from sources ranging from Rasmussen to Quinnipiac to Gallup, and beyond.

The most recent RCP Average (average of the polls together for a combined general idea of how the polls are leaning) shows that Crist and Rubio are statistically tied for the US Senate race in Florida. Meeks (D-FL) is trailing behind them significantly with

The Polls Read as follows

Rasmussen Reports Sampling:
{Date: 5/16 – 5/16} Sample SIze: 500 LV Rubio-39 Crist-31 Meeks-18; Rubio +8

Mason Dixon Poll
{Date: 5/3 – 5/5} Sample Size: 625 LV Rubio-32 Crist-38 Meeks-19; Crist +6

Quinnipiac Poll
{Date: 4/8 – 4/13} Sample Size: 1250 RV Rubio-30 Crist-32 Meeks-24; Crist +2

RCP Average: Rubio-33.7 Crist-33.7 Meek-20.3 Tie

Courtesy Real Clear Politics

The race has been pretty heated, and Rubio was pulling way ahead for awhile. Crist seems to be holding his own being a newly anointed Independent. I’m excited to see this race develop.

The NRSC Endorses Crist while the DSCC Welcomes him

As expected, popular Florida Governor Charlie Crist announced that he is indeed a candidate in the race to replace outgoing retiring Mel Martinez. The DSCC is welcoming Florida Governor Charlie Crist with the above ad suggesting that Governor Crist is trying to escape to Washington to avoid a growing mess in Tallahasee. Meanwhile the NRSC has endorsed the well-tanned Governor.

NRSC chairman John Cornyn made the endorsement official this morning, casting Crist as the most electable candidate to hold the seat for the GOP.

"While I believe Marco Rubio has a very bright future within the Republican Party, Charlie Crist is the best candidate in 2010 to ensure that we maintain the checks and balances that Floridians deserve in the United States Senate," Cornyn said in a statement.

"Governor Crist is a dedicated public servant and a dynamic leader, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee will provide our full support to ensure that he is elected the next United States Senator from Florida."

But Crist will face a primary challenge from the aforementioned Marco Rubio the former Florida House Speaker and a young, outspoken Hispanic conservative. Though I view the GOP as generally souless, this is likely to shape up as a battle for the soul of the Republican party.

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