▪ “Trump Hates Me.” — the subject line of an email blast from Democrat Pat Contreras, a candidate for Missouri treasurer.
Writes Contreras, who describes himself as a “proud third-generation Mexican American:” “Trump's bigotry and hatred will lead us backward. I'm running for treasurer to move everybody forward.”
▪ “They want real change, not the same old, same old.” — Bernie Sanders during a news conference this week.
Sanders once again declined to endorse Hillary Clinton, saying he would continue to push for a “fundamental transformation” of the Democratic Party. Unsolicited advice to Mrs. Clinton: Do not drag this out. Find a workable compromise with your rival.
▪ “I reconsider my original vote due to the negative attention this has brought Cole County.” — Cole County Western District Commissioner Kris Scheperle announcing that he’d changed his vote against lowering flags at county offices in the wake of he Orlando shootings.
Scheperle said he switched his vote after a barrage of angry phone calls and social media messages. This probably qualifies as a wise p.r. move.
▪ “Wish me luck.” — Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican, declaring that he’s through talking about Donald Trump until after the election.
A growing number of Capitol Hill Republicans are refusing to defend the actions of their party’s standard-bearer.