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Sherman, campaign give conflicting reasons for editing his mother out of mailer

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) told a local television show that editing his mother out of a campaign photo sent to non-Jewish voters after sending the original in a mailer to Jewish voters was a "clever idea" to draw media attention to the matter, a response that directly conflicts with what his campaign told The Hill when the photo was first revealed.

"We were almost desperate to try to get the press to publish pictures of my family. We sent them every kind of picture, they didn't publish any. Then for a while we scraped around to buy an ad in the Jewish Journal, so we could run — because if people see my family they'll vote for me …

"We came to a clever idea: We'll publish the same picture in two different versions and so [the press will] think they caught something and then they'll ... publish the picture in both versions, and by God, we now have, without us paying for it, copies of the picture of myself and my family in the Jewish Journal and we hope in other publications as well."


Conservative group in Colorado to greet Obama with radio attack ad

A conservative outside group in Colorado will greet President Obama's visit to the state with radio ads mocking him as a celebrity and a failure.

Compass Colorado has bought time on two Denver-area stations to air the ad.

Obama is set to travel to Colorado on Wednesday to give the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and to attend a fundraiser in Denver.


Club for Growth-backed Cotton wins Arkansas House primary

Army veteran Tom Cotton (R) handily won his primary over 2010 nominee Beth Anne Rankin Tuesday night, a win for the Club for Growth-backed candidate over an ex-staffer for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R).

Cotton, a Harvard University graduate who many see as a fast-rising star in the GOP, raised more than $1 million for the primary, aided by $300,000 the Club bundled for him. This allowed him to blitz the airwaves in the district's inexpensive media markets and overtake Rankin's initial edge in name recognition and support from Huckabee. Cotton beat her by a 20-point margin.