That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.
As expected, Karl Rove cited executive privilege and ignored a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing today on the panel’s investigation as to whether politics influenced the Justice Department’s case against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. Siegelman’s story was profiled on “60 Minutes” last year. The committee may now move to find Rove, now a Fox News analyst, in contempt.
More on Jesse: The StarTribune in Minneapolis says that a three-way Coleman-Franken-Ventura race for U.S. Senate would be a “battle royale” in a race that was starting to tilt the incumbent’s way.
The Strib reports, “Ventura “is the ultimate anti-establishment vote,” said Jennifer Duffy, Senate analyst for the Cook Political Report in Washington. Duffy still has Minnesota rated a tossup for the Senate race, but said she is close to moving it into the “leans Republican” category. A formal Ventura candidacy “would seal the deal,” she said.
“Duffy and other analysts say Franken could suffer the most from an insurgent candidate such as Ventura, who would challenge his hold on the anti-Iraq war constituency.”
Republican Celebrities: The Strib also sizes up the prospects for star power at the GOP Convention in St. Paul, given the Dems dominance of Hollywood. So far, the most likely attendee is Melissa Gilbert, who will be in the Twin Cities that week performing a stage version of “Little House on the Prairie” at the Guthrie.
“Predator” Politics: Don Frederick writes in The Los Angeles Times’ Top of the Ticket that yet another performer in the 1986 action pic “The Predator” is seeking office, adding to the list that already includes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ventura. Actor Sonny Landham is collecting signatures in Kentucky to run as a Libertarian candidate against Sen. Mitch McConnell. One analyst says Landham, also a former porn actor, could pull enough votes from McConnell to help Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford.
McCain on “Conan”: John McCain guests on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” on July 18, making it his third appearance on the show.