Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* Alabama’s Roy Moore, who was twice removed from the bench for ignoring court orders he disagreed with, told voters at an event last night, “Judges who put themselves above the Constitution should be impeached.”
* Following up on an item from earlier in the week, the progressive Not One Penny campaign intended to run an ad critical of the Republican tax plan on Fox News, but the network has reportedly decided not to air it.
* Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), worried about his re-election bid next year, was supposed to benefit from a fundraiser headlined by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). After Zeldin opposed the GOP tax plan, however, Ryan canceled the event, reportedly to “punish” the New York lawmaker.
* Politico has a bizarre story about staffers from the National Republican Senatorial Committee “seizing information on more than 200,000 donors” from the National Republican Congressional Committee’s computer system earlier this year. It’s led, not surprisingly, to a “rift.”
* Sen. Orrin Hatch (R), who’s apparently getting ready for another re-election campaign in Utah next year, was asked yesterday about Donald Trump tweeting anti-Muslim videos. The senator said he doesn’t pay much attention to tweets and added that Trump is “one of the best presidents I’ve served under.” Hatch has been in Congress since 1977.
* Rep. Mo Brooks (R), who ran against Roy Moore for the Republican Party’s Senate nomination this year, is scrambling to defend Moore against sexual assault allegations. The far-right congressman specially said this week that one of Moore’s accusers is “clearly a liar.”
* And though Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) may yet face a primary in his Senate race, Trump referred to him at a rally yesterday as “our next senator.” Hawley hopes to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) next year.