Episode #241: Left Turn in Mass., Right Turn in Fla., A Turnaround in N.Y.

Chris Collins was a leading Republican congressman from New York, the first GOP House member to endorse Donald Trump in 2016.  But his arrest last week on insider trading charges has effectively ended his political career.  And now, as Randy Gorbman of radio station WXXI reports, it’s up to Republican leaders in the 27th District to come up with a replacement for Collins if the party hopes to hold onto the seat.

There are two upcoming primary contests that have attracted national attention.  On Aug. 28, Republicans in Florida will pick a successor nominee to Gov. Rick Scott, who is term-limited.  But the race has been blown open by the endorsement of President Trump for Congressman Ron DeSantis, whose polling numbers have skyrocketed since the endorsement.  Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times has the latest.

Anthony Brooks of WBUR in Boston analyzes the contest in Massachusetts’ 7th District, where Congressman Mike Capuano faces a challenge from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, whose progressive credentials reminds some of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist who knocked off Democratic incumbent Joe Crowley in a recent primary.

And Jerry Carmen, the longtime Republican operative from New Hampshire who headed up Paul Laxalt’s ill-fated presidential exploratory committee in 1987, remembers the former Nevada lawmaker, who died earlier this month at age 96.

Music used in this podcast:

Those Were the Days by Mary Hopkin

Trouble by Lindsay Buckingham

All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks

Shake Some Action by the Flamin’ Groovies

Pass Me By by Peggy Lee

The Way We Were by Barbara Streisand

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