The Skinny

Senate Republicans may think that Dave Cogdill is morally bankrupt for going along with Democrats’ plans for billions in new taxes. But Cogdill’s successor is politically bankrupt — or, just about. According to records at the Secretary of State’s office, Hollingsworth’s office holder committee has less than $3,500 cash on hand. But subtract from that the $77,500 in debts, and you see Senate Republicans have a long way to go before the 2010 cycle. Hollingsworth,  incidentally, cancelled a fundraiser that he was going to hold on the day he became leader. ,As many as four races are on the target list for 2010 — the seats currently held by Republican Jeff Denham, and the ones being vacated by Democrats Dean Florez, Denise Ducheny. Republicans will also target Orange County Democrat Lou Correa. The job of raising money and focusing caucus attention on those races will fall largely to the new Assistant Majority Leader, Tony Strickland, who ran against Hollingsworth in the race to replace Cogdill…As other campaigns ramp up, the game of musical chairs is underway. Two members of the Democratic firm Acosta/Salazar are moving on. Brian Brokaw will take over as campaign manager for San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris’s run for state attorney general. Jennifer Wonnacott is also leaving the firm, taking a job in the Capitol office of Acosta/Salazar client,
Alyson Huber.

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