WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut has a simple message for Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin: bring it on.
Asked Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union about Baldwin’s recent comments that he might move to Connecticut and mount a challenge to Lieberman because, as Baldwin told Playboy magazine, “I have no use for [Lieberman],” the Independent senator responded, “You know, make my day.”
“I respect Alec Baldwin as an actor and as a comedian,” added Lieberman, “if he wants to run, that’s his right.”
It remains to be seen if Baldwin, known for having serious anger management issues – like fantasizing about killing Dick Cheney and angrily calling his then- 11 year-old daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig” on a phone message – could gain a foothold in a state where Joe Lieberman has clearly demonstrated staying power with his constituency. I, for one, would love to see Baldwin get his clock cleaned by Liebs in 2012.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) could face a tough reelection race in 2010, according to a new, independent poll released this weekend.
40 percent of Conyers’s constituents said he deserved reelection, according to a poll conducted earlier this month by the Lansing, Mich.-based Deno Noor Polling, in conjunction with the Rossman Group and Perricone Group.
44 percent of Detroiters represented by Conyers said they would prefer to elect someone else. 15 percent were unsure or didn’t know.
The 80-year-old Conyers has served in Congress since 1965, making him one of the longest-serving members of Congress still in office. He could face a challenging reelection, though, due to the conviction of his wife, Monica Conyers, for bribery charges incurred while she served as President Pro Tempore of the Detroit City Council.
The Hill article also notes another MI Democrat who may be in trouble next year:
27 percent of Detroiters said Rep. Carolyn Cheek Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) deserves reelection almost a year after she was almost unseated in a Democratic primary challenge.
58 percent said that someone else should replace Kilpatrick, with 14 percent undecided.
Kilpatrick won a hotly-contested three-way primary last August with 39 percent of the vote after her son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, was forced from office after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his testimony denying an extramarital affair to which he later admitted.
60 percent of Detroiters said the former mayor’s conduct would have no bearing on their vote for Kilpatrick, who’s served in Congress since being elected in 1996.
It’s still too early to say for sure so, as they say, stay tuned …