Entries in Congressional Democrats (3)


GOP Challenger Pulls Ahead in Race for Weiner’s Spot

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) - There’s some bad news for the White House and the Democratic Party regarding the special election to fill Anthony Weiner’s vacated congressional seat in New York.

Although Democrats hold a three-to-one registration advantage over Republicans in the district, Republican Bob Turner has opened a lead over Democrat David Weprin, grabbing 50 percent compared with Weprin's 44 of likely voters, according to a new Siena Research Institute poll.

The election is next Tuesday.

A Turner victory would be an ominous sign for Democrats and President Obama’s re-election campaign, as the district, which spans Brooklyn and Queens, is filled with the kind of white, middle-class, usually reliable Democratic voters that the president needs in his corner to win re-election.

However, the poll also found that voters in the district are down on the president, and the direction of the country.

The voters’ views of the candidates has clearly changed: Weprin’s unfavorable ratings shot up, to 41 percent from 24 percent a month ago.  And by a 43-32 percent margin, likely voters say Turner is running the more positive campaign.

Sensing the seat could be slipping away, the national Democratic Party has begun pouring money into the race – including a $500,000 infusion this week from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  Even if Weprin can pull out a victory, it is still an enormous expenditure in an election Democrats once believed was a lock.

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Pelosi Confidant: Obama Acted Outside Authority

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Here’s an indication of how angry are congressional Democrats that President Obama put the U.S. in the mix in Libya without consulting them:

A top Congressional confidant of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat Rep. George Miller, suggested Thursday that President Obama acted outside his presidential authority by engaging in military action without consulting Congress.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of evidence that they sufficiently consulted the Congress,” said Miller during an appearance on MSNBC. “The people in authority in the intelligence committee, I don’t get any sense that they believe that they were fully consulted on this matter. And that’s disturbing to the rest of the Congress that relies on those individuals as conduits of information and the acts on the ground, as they have been told by the administration. So that’s a matter of real concern to the members.

Wednesday, Pelosi released a statement with tepid support for the action and made a point of adding, “U.S. participation is strengthened by the president’s continued consultation with Congress.”

The MSNBC anchor asked Miller if he thinks the president acted with proper legal authority in taking military action.

“Well, I’m one of those people who believe that when you’re not defending the shores of the United State, you have an obligation to come to the Congress and ask for permission. So no, I don’t agree with that,” Miller said. He later said he thinks Obama would have gotten permission from Congress.

On Thursday, Miller said he agrees that the U.S. probably was needed to get the no-fly zone in place.

“I think he’s right, there’s some things that only we could do in the beginning, in a technical sense, to help the air cover and to repel Gadhafi troops. But he has got to keep his pledge that we will now move to a supporting role. That doesn’t mean we will not be involved… Its very difficult, as events unfold, to get the hell out of there."

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Obama Raises $1 Million for Dems at Boston Fundraiser

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- After making his pitch for winning the future at an inner-city school in Boston, President Obama lent his presence to a fundraiser expected to generate $1 million for congressional Democrats at the city's Museum of Fine Arts.

At the $5,000 a plate dinner ($50,000 for couples to get the VIP treatment), Obama told a group of 152 donors that under his leadership -- and with the help of former Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- “we didn’t just rescue the economy, we put it on the strongest footing for the future."

Though TV cameras were excluded from the event, a pool of several reporters was permitted to listen to Obama's campaign-style, rally-the-Democrats remarks and distribute notes.

Obama said his administration has “had to make a series of quick decisions, and often times unpopular decisions."

“Not only were we able to yank this economy out of the recession ... Not only were we able to get this economy going again, that in the last 15 months we’ve seen the economy add jobs…but under Nancy’s leadership we were able to achieve historic health care legislation that over the last 15, 20 years will end up benefiting millions of families across the country," Obama said, adding that, “along the way we saved the auto industry and a few other things” -- a quip that drew laughter.

“There will be cases when Democratic constituencies aren’t happy with us because we have to rationalize government,” Obama said, responding to criticism about some of his own cuts.

But he says that government will have to continue investing in education in order to make it possible for kids to receive a good tech-based education.

Obama also trumpeted the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, his clean energy initiatives and defended his plans in Afghanistan.

Pelosi attended the event as did Vicky Kennedy and Massachusetts Rep Ed Markey, who called Obama the “true fulfillment” of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for America.

Before he made his remarks, White House representatives said Obama met briefly with members of the Boston Celtics basketball organization.

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