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Mitt Romney, Chris Christie share Charlie Baker’s spotlight

Boston Herald

Gov. Charlie Baker’s inauguration served as a victory lap for former Gov. Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both of whom stumped for Baker and countless other GOP gubernatorial and congressional candidates across the country last year while boosting their own profiles ahead of the 2016 presidential race.

But their successful campaigning, which helped Republicans gain a number of governorships and take control of Congress, won’t be enough for Christie or Romney to overcome major political handicaps, political watchdogs said. Their biggest problem: Jeb Bush.

“Love him or hate him, he was an incredibly successful RGA chairman,” said Republican strategist Lisa Boothe of Christie’s 2014 tenure as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, which spent $130 million to help GOP gubernatorial incumbents and challengers.

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GOP Strategist Lisa Boothe Takes Down Democrats On Executive Amnesty


Over Labor Day weekend, Fox News’ Stuart Varney hosted a great segment on President Obama’s impending “executive amnesty” in which GOP media strategist Lisa Boothe demolished Democrat Obama apologist Jennice Fuentes and, in the process, showed the Capitol Hill GOP and Republican candidates for Congress how to handle the issue when Obama goes forward with his unilateral action on amnesty for illegal aliens.

Fuentes’ premise was that since Obama had given his demand for "comprehensive immigration reform" and amnesty for illegal aliens to Congress, and Congress had refused to comply, he was perfectly within his rights to go forward in granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.

When Boothe took down that Constitutional fiction by pointing out that the House had indeed passed a border security funding bill, and Varney asked “why didn’t Obama negotiate with Congress like every other president” Fuentes really had no answer other than to fall back on the ridiculous propositions that “we need to know who these people are” and granting them amnesty was apparently the only way to “recognize their humanity.”

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GOP ads aimed at women draw mixed reviews

Washington Examiner

Women voters could be decisive in the Colorado Senate race, but outside Republican ads aimed at them are being criticized as ineffective.

With Democratic Sen. Mark Udall locked in a highly competitive race with Rep. Cory Gardner, the campaigns and outside groups are putting serious money into ads aimed at women.


But Lisa Boothe, a Republican strategist with the Black Rock Group, argued that the spate of odd ads might be working, since a Quinnipiac University Poll showed Republican Cory Gardner was only losing women voters by three points, a lower margin than previous surveys.

“It’s an interesting take,” she said. “The point is, we’re talking about it right now. They’ve successfully garnered headlines. They’re working in the sense of getting attention.”

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Joni Ernst has already changed the debate on military sexual assault

Washington Examiner

Joni Ernst's support for changing how the military handles sexual assault may have more of an effect on Capitol Hill than on her campaign.

The Iowa Republican Senate candidate made news when she told Time last week that she believes military sexual assault cases should be handled outside of the chain of command.


“It absolutely makes Joni Ernst appear more senatorial,” said Lisa Boothe, a Republican strategist with the Black Rock Group. “It gives her an opportunity to highlight her military service, while acknowledging her willingness to work in a bipartisan manner on serious issues.”

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Hillary Clinton must overcome elite image perception

Boston Herald

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s return to Iowa next month — her first appearance since her embarrassing 2008 defeat in the caucuses — comes amid mounting reports about her lavish lifestyle that experts say could derail her expected 2016 White House bid.

“I think she has a Mitt Romney problem,” GOP pundit Lisa Boothe said, referring to the image Democrats cast of the former Massachusetts governor as a rich venture capitalist out of touch with common voters. “She has an inability to connect with people and a propensity to offend.”


Boothe said voters won’t necessarily begrudge Clinton her wealth, noting that Bill Clinton has a gift for connecting with people of all economic backgrounds.

His wife, on the other hand, “has this repeated pattern of making comments that paint her as an out-of-touch elitist. Despite being a seasoned candidate, she continues to step in it,” Boothe said.

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Democrat Anti-Koch Strategy Seen as Loser


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats are "foolish" and hypocritical to pin their midterm election strategy on bashing the billionaire Koch brothers, according to a piece in Politico magazine penned by Lisa Boothe, senior director at the Black Rock Group.

Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC is shelling out millions to convince voters that David and Charles Koch are essentially buying Republicans into office with campaign donations that could top $125 million this election cycle, according to Politico.


 The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is using a digital campaign called "The GOP is addicted to Koch" to impart a message that the Kochs are "un-American, power-drunk billionaires" who are "trying to buy America."

But both history and polling numbers indicate this is a bad move by Democrats, according to Boothe. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that most Americans don’t even know who the Koch brothers are, and just 21 percent who do have negative feeling about them. The economy and jobs are at the forefront of Americans’ concerns, not obscure billionaires funding political campaigns, she wrote.

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