Catching Up

Some odds and ends from the past few days of light blogging….

--Congratulations to Maureen Feeney, newly elected President of the Boston City Council. I like Feeney, even though I don’t always agree with her, and I’ve been impressed with how she has kept pace with her rapidly-changing district.

--The Washington Times says that Mitt Romney will “hunker down” in the new Westin Waterfront hotel (ie, at the convention center) Sunday night and Monday morning, meeting with his top supporters and going over their lists of fundraising contacts. His first official fundraiser, according to other reports, will be in Boston on Monday.

--As I predicted, Romney is raiding the cabinet of retiring Tennessee Senator Bill Frist, who has opted out of the Presidential sweepstakes. He just hired former Frist press secretary Carolyn Weyforth as deputy communications director; he just recently scooped up Frist's web guru Stephen Smith; and rumor has it that Romney has signed up Marcus Branstad, formerly of Frist's VOLPAC (and son of former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad) for his Iowa field team.

 --The always stellar Taegan Goddard made a good catch from the Sunday morning shows, noting John Edwards referring to the plan for a “surge” in troops in Iraq as the “McCain Doctrine.” Let’s see if it sticks.

--Helpful to the end, Kerry Healey (sitting in for the absent governor) quietly vetoed a bill to improve safety for people who commute by bicycle.

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