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:

* Soon after learning that Mitt Romney raised a whopping $100 million in June, Karl Rove’s attack group, Crossroads GPS, announced its launching another $25 million in attack ads targeting President Obama. It’s unclear if, or how, Democrats will keep up financially.

* The Romney campaign, responding to complaints from within the Republican Party, has agreed to “fortify his communications and messaging team by adding seasoned operatives.”

* In the race to replace Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) in Connecticut, Rep. Chris Murphy (D) is launching his first television ad, narrated by his wife, Cathy Murphy. The Democrat will probably face former wrestling company executive Linda McMahon.

* Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s (D-Ill.) office acknowledged yesterday that the lawmaker’s health problems are “more serious” than initially believed. It remains unclear whether he intends to run for re-election.

* California will not be competitive in 2012 – a new Field Poll shows President Obama leading Romney by 18 points, 55% to 37%.

* A new far-right attack group, called American Commitment, is launching attack ads targeting Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in Florida, and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D), who’s running for the Senate in Wisconsin.

* The most recent PPP survey in Minnesota shows Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) with commanding leads over her potential GOP challengers in her re-election bid. Obama also looks strong in Minnesota against Romney.

Friday's campaign round-up