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Mayor Pete’s Dilemma, McCarthy’s Vice, & K Street Moves

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Kevin McCarthy staffers and allies are being actively recruited by K Street firms. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

With the midterms just one week away, Puck’s senior political correspondent Tara Palmeri and legal expert Eriq Gardner exchanged notes on the most fascinating pre-election storylines on their radar: from the business world implications of the Senate battle to the tug-of-war over the inflation narrative, some notes on Pete Buttigieg’s surprising political pickle, and more.

Eriq Gardner: We’re just a few days away from the midterms, which in some ways seems like it’s become a referendum on Jerome Powell’s tenure as Fed Chair. Sure, Republicans are hammering Democrats on crime, but it’s inflation and the economy that is really moving the political needle these days. The Dobbs decision feels like it occurred in a different era. Then again, I’m old enough to remember that Kansas election a couple months ago. Yeah, I’ve seen the polls, but is there any hidden indicator that expresses what insiders really expect?