Friday’s Campaign Round-Up, 3.13.15

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:
 
* Gov. Scott Walker (R) yesterday expressed delight that President Obama criticized his decision to sign “right-to-work” legislation in Wisconsin this week. “Well, it suggests maybe we’re the front-runner,” told a far-right website.
 
* Confirming suspicions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using footage from his recent congressional address in a new campaign ad. Netanyahu had previously said the appearance was not related to his re-election effort. Israeli elections are next week.
 
* We learned this week that one of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) longtime aides was the editor-in-chief of a neo-Confederate magazine. The adviser, Richard Quinn, says he no longer holds his previous beliefs.
 
* In the latest Gallup poll, released this week, Hillary Clinton enjoys the highest favorability ratings of any likely presidential candidate in either party.
 
* Appearing on msnbc yesterday, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) joked about his standing in recent polls. “Am I really up to 11 percent?” he said. “Who did this poll? Was this my mom?”
 
* In Connecticut, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Scott Walker and Jeb Bush tied among Republican voters in the state, each generating 18% support. Rand Paul is third with 12%, followed by Chris Christie at 11%.
 
* Rich Beeson, Mitt  Romney’s former political director, has agreed to join Marco Rubio’s team in advance of his likely presidential campaign.
 
* National Democrats still hope to recruit former Sen. Kay Hagan (D) to take on incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) in North Carolina next year, but if she declines, party leaders believe state Treasurer Janet Cowell (D) would be a competitive candidate, too.
 
* And while the field of Democratic candidates appears to be growing in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will not be among them.
 

Friday's Campaign Round-Up, 3.13.15