Stories You Should Know (1/8/10)

Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)
The Republican primary contest for Pennsylvania governor came into sharper focus yesterday with the decision of U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach to abandon the race because of a lack of sufficient campaign cash.

New York Daily News (New York, NY)
Former Staten Island GOP congresswoman Susan Molinari is mulling a challenge to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and she already has a high-profile backer – Rudy Giuliani.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele, under fire this week for a string of controversial statements he has made while promoting his new book, has so angered the party’s congressional leaders that their aides said they told Steele’s handlers to “get him to stop.”

New York Times (New York, NY)
The New York political world reacted swiftly and strongly to the possibility of Harold Ford Jr.’s candidacy for the United States Senate, with top Senate leaders trying to squash the bid and close advisers to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg meeting with Mr. Ford on Thursday to plot strategy for a campaign.

Denver Post (Denver, CO)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Thursday that he won’t run for Colorado governor and endorsed a still-undecided Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who said he was weighing family and personal concerns.

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