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Weekly Washington Wrap
- On Tuesday, presidential frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton increased their delegate leads. In the Republican race, Trump won Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Over on the Democratic side, Clinton won Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania while avowed socialist Bernie Sanders picked up Rhode Island.
- There were also House and Senate races to watch in Tuesday’s Maryland and Pennsylvania primaries. In Maryland, Congressman Chris Van Hollen defeated Congresswoman Donna Edwards in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat currently held by retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski. In the Democratic primary to replace Van Hollen in the House, State Senator and law professor Jamie Raskin defeated two high profile candidates –Total Wine owner David Trone and former Marriot executive Kathleen Matthews (wife of MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews.) In Pennsylvania, Congressman Chaka Fattah, a Democrat, became the first incumbent to lose a primary this cycle.
- Yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced that if he is the Republican nominee for President, he will name former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate.
Wilkins’ Winging Ways
Springtime must have put some extra pep in his step because your former US Ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, is packing even more into his schedule!
He was in Columbia – South Carolina’s capital city – earlier this week for a number of meetings. It was especially nice to catch up with SC Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt. From there, Wilkins dashed up the interstate to Charlotte, North Carolina where he caught a flight to our nation’s capital city – Washington, DC – and a host of doings there.
Tuesday evening was spent at a special South Carolina Chamber of Commerce reception hosted at 101 Constitution Avenue – home of the Washington, DC Nelson Mullins office. VIPs included SC Chamber CEO Ted Pitts, as well as Congressman Joe Wilson.
On Wednesday, Team Wilkins enjoyed breakfast with ol’ friends Tim McMillan and Katie Kachur with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and later on that day it was onto various meetings in and around Capitol Hill including with our good friend Congressman Peter Roskam, and folks in Senator Lindsey Graham’s office.
Wednesday afternoon, Wilkins headed over to an oyster roast in honor of Congressman Tom Rice and ended his evening enjoying a dinner in honor of Speaker of the US House, Paul Ryan.
Birthdays and Welcome Backs!
Wilkins is home in time to celebrate Susan Wilkins' birthday today!
Happy birthday Susan!
And while we’re talking best wishes, Team Wilkins is sending all of ours to our esteemed colleague and friend, Ashley Martin Aldebol, who is just back from maternity leave. If savvy clients and CCC readers have noticed things runnin’ a bit mo’ betta round our way – now you know why! And baby Woods is perfect!
Welcome back, Ash!
Outbound for Ottawa
Tomorrow, Wilkins is off to a Greenville, SC event in honor of Congressman Trey Gowdy with special guests Senator Tim Scott as well as Congressman Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney, before heading out Sunday to Ottawa where he’s attending the 22nd annual Can/Am Border Trade Alliance at the Chateau Laurier.
Look for Wilkins to be talking about this unpredictable (editor’s note: understatement!) US presidential cycle on your Canadian news station and stay tuned for all the deets in next week’s edition of your Carolina-Canada Connections.
Rock Star Readers!
So hanging out in Washington, DC is cool and all but if Wilkins is really looking to be with movers and shakers – he heads on down to Augusta Circle School.
The Greenville, South Carolina school has quite a legacy. It just happens to be the elementary school Wilkins himself attended and the school, David and Susan sent their sons – James and Robert Wilkins. Now it’s the place where the Wilkins’ wonder twins – 7-year-olds Whit and Clary —get their learnin’ on!
So your former US ambassador decided to do some educating of his own and read to Whit and Clary’s first grade classes last Friday.
Once upon a time…Clary, David and Whit Wilkins enjoy a good read!
Faithful CCC readers know that the beloved Whit and Clary were born when David and Susan were serving out their last few months in Canada – back in the summer of 2009.
Your CCC editors think we may have gone a week or two without mentioning Clemson football and Wilkins’ Tigers. Official CCC policy probably prohibits that (read: Wilkins starts to get cranky!)
So, with that in mind, check out this snap taken last week featuring Clemson’s football coach Dabo Swinney, not to mention South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley!
All in for Clemson! David Wilkins, Coach Dabo Swinney, Governor Nikki Haley, and Clemson Board Chair Smyth McKissick.
They Said What?
- "I am very proud to be a woman. But I would never ask people to vote for me because I'm a woman. Ted Cruz didn't pick me because I'm a woman, Ted Cruz picked me because I'm a capable individual. Donald Trump's comments on women are frequently things I find either irrelevant or offensive,” – Carly Fiorina in a press conference after it was announced she is Cruz’s VP pick.
- Now, the other day Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, woman card. Well, if fighting for women's health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!” – Democrat presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton after winning primaries in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania Tuesday night.
- “And, frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5% of the vote. The only thing she has going is the woman's card. And the beautiful thing is women don't like her, okay? And look how well I did with women tonight. So, ladies and gentlemen, thank you very much,” – Donald Trump at the conclusion of his sweep of the GOP presidential primary contests Tuesday night.
- “Whoa, you know that’s not true. Nobody says that’s true…Well, ‘other than the private server’ is a big deal. Nobody had 30,000 work emails on their private server, or private email, period. The comparisons to Colin Powell … that’s just not true," – FOX News host Chris Wallace pushing back on Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz who claimed that "other than the private server" every US secretary of state behaved like Hillary Clinton in using a homebrew private email system to conduct all of their official business.
- “The dominoes are falling, and you can’t stop them. ... (John) Kasich staying in the race was an in-kind contribution to Trump. It blocked Cruz from ever getting his one-on-one shot,” – A “top Republican insider” as reported by Mike Allen in the Wednesday edition of his Politico Playbook.
If you are interested in the possibility of having Ambassador Wilkins speak at an event, please contact Christy Cox at Christy.Cox@nelsonmullins.com or call 803.255.9470.
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