The York team has so far contributed $368,000 to an independent committee supporting City Councilman Anthony Becker’s campaign to unseat fellow Democrat Mayor Lisa Gilmore in November; The 49ers, who play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, have also put up a comparable amount to help two of Becker’s re-election allies on the board. On the other hand, real estate giant Related, which Ross runs, has donated $100,000 to a group it formed to help the incumbent.
The article explains that York’s tension with Gillmore goes back years. She was initially a prominent supporter of the stadium complex construction plan, which passed in 2010 after the team spent nearly $5 million to woo voters. Gilmore, however, says she became furious because the team “broke their promise” to build new youth football fields where her children played, arguing, “I put my name on the stadium and the Niners didn’t keep their promise to the football community.”
Gilmore was appointed mayor in 2016 after the incumbent, a 49ers ally, abruptly resigned, and has been a vocal opponent of some of the team’s major plans ever since. The new mayor was on the winning side of the arbitration, which prevented the team from getting the $4 million rent reduction it wanted. The Chron adds: “Three years later, Gillmor and the city council terminated the team’s contract to manage the stadium, leading to a back-and-forth of lawsuits.”
However, Gilmore lost her majority on the council in 2020 when a York-sponsored PAC poured a whopping $3 million to help Becker and other like-minded candidates. She condemned the spending, saying of York, “It’s shocking and disgusting… He’s not happy with the way Santa Clara is holding him accountable, and he seems to think it’s cheaper to buy seats on the city council. It seems like the money not an item.”
Ross, a prominent national Republican donor, has a much different relationship with Gilmore. The newspaper explains that the mayor, who is an executive in her family’s real estate firm, has been a key ally in Related’s project to develop city-owned land near the stadium. However, it hasn’t become a major fault line in local politics like the 49ers have, nor has it tried to reshape local politics. Instead, the San Jose Insider notes that the company awarded all council candidates in 2020.
● AZ-Sen: Republican Blake Meister has spent his campaign bashing the nation’s military leaders, and Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly is using some of his comments against him in a new ad.
The site features footage of the Republican declaring, “I hate to say it, but our military leadership is completely incompetent,” before a veteran says Masters is “the guy who said Al Qaeda wasn’t even a threat and our involvement in World War II was unfair.” The ad plays another clip of Masters declaring, “No active-duty American general has ever won a war,” which another veteran says “spits in our faces.”
FL-Sen: Sachs Media for Florida Politics: Marco Rubio (R-inc): 49, Val Deming (D): 46 (Aug. 45-43 Rubio)
WI-Sen: OnMessage Inc. NRSC: Ron Johnson (R-inc): 49, Mandela Barnes (D): 45
● CO-Gov: As Republican Heidi Ganahl faces a huge financial deficit against Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, the Colorado Sun reports that wealthy rancher Steve Wells has so far dropped $11 million into a super PAC called Colorado Wells to help her. The group, reporter Jesse Paul writes, had $9.3 million as of Thursday.
Not everyone in the GOP is happy about that, though this one is a race involving Wales. Paul says, “Republican insiders are grumbling privately about Wells because they think his money is better spent in races that seem more winnable, like the highly competitive race for control of the Colorado Senate.” He adds, “One GOP operative in Colorado thought privately that if you have a lot of money, you don’t have to make a lot of sense.”
● FL-Gov: The Forward’s Jacob Kornbluch reports that a recent ad for GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis featured a pastor with a long history of anti-Semitism.
Larry Jinks, who says of the governor, “You protected our right to worship together in person,” wrote on Facebook back in April: “It’s a shame that the Jews, who should know better, are rejecting their Messiah (who fulfilled). [sic] all their prophecies) still believe they need sacrifices and a temple to sacrifice them. However, because of their rejection, they will move forward with this plan.” Jinks has also followed Pope Francis in promoting interfaith relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims, declaring, “We are called to oppose any religion that does not recognize Jesus as the Prince of Peace and the only way to the Father.”
Democrat Charlie Crist, meanwhile, is also running an ad tasking DeSantis with transporting dozens of Venezuelan migrants to Martha’s Vineyard without informing them of their true destination; Krist, who is in a huge cash deficit, seems to be by running this report online so far. The Democrat proclaims: “Lying to migrant children to lure them onto a plane to God knows where, treating families fleeing brutal socialist regimes like cattle, mocking their fight for freedom — it makes me sick — but sadly, it’s not surprising . This is who he is.”.
The developments come around the same time local Sachs Media released a Florida Politics poll showing DeSantis leading 51-45, matching his 50-44 margin in the FiveThirtyEight average.
MD-Gov: Goucher College for the Baltimore Banner and WYPR-FM 88.1: Wes Moore (D): 53, Dan Cox (R): 31
MN-Gov: Mason-Dixon for Tribune of starsMinnesota Public Radio and KARE: Tim Walz (D-Inc): 48, Scott Jensen (R):
TX-Gov: UT Tyler for Dallas Morning News: Greg Abbott (Rs): 50, Beto O’Rourke (D): 39
This is the first poll we’ve seen of a general election in Maryland, and it backs up Gov. Larry Hogan’s assessment of his fellow Republican’s prospects.
A recent Minnesota poll from SurveyUSA gave Walz a significantly larger lead of 51-33, and we haven’t seen other numbers from a reliable firm in months.
Those numbers from UT Tyler use the school’s likely voter model, but it showed Abbott ahead 47-38 with registered voters. In such cases, when the pollster reports both numbers, we always report data on likely voters (or whatever model is closest to the traditional definition of likely voters).
● OR-06: Democrat Andrea Salina’s latest ad tries to preempt any Republican attempts to attack her on crime by highlighting her GOP opponent’s 2016 arrests for drug possession and drunken driving. The narrator reveals, “The truth about Mike Erickson and law enforcement? Erickson was charged with felony drug possession for illegal oxycodone, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, nearly twice the legal limit.”
The ad goes on to praise Salinas, who is the daughter of a police officer, for “voting to increase funding for the Oregon State Police by tens of millions to fight violent crime.” The narrator adds, “Because she thinks it’s wrong to pay back the police.”
IA-03: Cindy Akne Impact Study (D): Cindy Akne (D-inc): 47, Zach Nunn (R): 47
MI-07: Target Insyght: Elissa Slotkin (D-inc): 56, Tom Barrett (R): 38
PA-08: GQR (D) for Matt Cartwright: Matt Cartwright (D-inc): 52, Jim Boene (R): 44 (August: 52-46 Cartwright)
This is the first poll we’ve seen in more than a month for Iowa’s 3rd District, which Daily Kos Elections estimates would have favored Trump 49.3-48.9. Nunn’s insider from July was also tied 43-43, while US Term Limits had him 49-41 in an early August poll of Nunn’s allies.
The last poll for Michigan’s 7th was a mid-June internal GOP poll that had Barrett leading 46-44. however as you can see in this week’s updateour Home Independent Expense TrackerEach party has so far spent more money in this 49.4-48.9 Biden district than in any other House race in the country, so neither side seems to agree that Slotkin is far ahead.
Indeed, the NRCC and the Congressional Leadership Fund have put a combined $2.6 million into the 7th so far, more than $900,000 more than they have used against Jared Golden in Maine’s 2nd. Meanwhile, the DCCC and House Majority PAC have spent $1.4 million, with Golden’s race also ranking second on the list at $1.1 million.
Cartwright released this poll shortly after Bognet released an internal poll showing a 48-48 tie.
Attorney General and Secretaries of State
● MN-AG, MN-SoS: Mason-Dixon finds Attorney General Keith Ellison only leading Republican Jim Shultz 46-45, even as his colleague, former Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon, leads pro-choice denier Kim Crockett 48-40. A recent SurveyUSA poll put Ellison and Simon in the lead 46-40 and 42-38, respectively.