Friday’s campaign round-up


Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ U.S. Senate bid is getting underway in earnest, and her campaign rolled out his pretty impressive introductory video yesterday. Grimes expects to take on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) next year.

* Speaking of Kentucky, McConnell’s primary challenger, Matt Bevin, has launched his first 30-second ad, suggesting the incumbent isn’t conservative enough.

* For his part, McConnell has asked that Bevin’s ad be pulled from the air because it runs afoul of federal campaign finance law.

* In New York City, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), struggling in his mayoral campaign, admitted yesterday that he had three sexting relationships with women after different sexting relationships ended his congressional career in 2011.

* A Marist poll conducted for the NBC affiliate in New York City found the scandal has cost Weiner his lead in the race.

* In Virginia, what is gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) position on immigration reform? It apparently depends in part on the day and the audience.

* And Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), whose personal scandals have taken a severe toll on his political prospects, raised just $39,000 in the second quarter, which is abysmal for a credible congressional incumbent who hopes to win another term.

Friday's campaign round-up