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:
* Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor and soon-to-be former HHS secretary, is reportedly not interested in taking on Sen. Pat Roberts (R) later this year. “Secretary Sebelius is continuing her important work at H.H.S. and is not considering a run for the Senate,” her spokesperson said late yesterday.
* In Ohio, the latest PPP poll shows Gov. John Kasich (R) tied with his likely Democratic opponent, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, at 44% each.
* Karl Rove’s American Crossroads recently launched an ad campaign in support of Thom Tillis’ (R) Senate bid in North Carolina, saying he intends to “replace Obamacare.” In response to far-right complaints, Crossroads took down the ad and replaced it with one that says “repeal and replace Obamacare.”
* In Georgia’s very competitive Republican U.S. Senate primary, the latest statewide poll shows businessman David Perdue leading the field with 19%, followed by Rep. Jack Kingston with 15%/ The next three candidates are all close behind.
* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) would like to be wrapping up his final year in office laying the groundwork for his next national campaign. But instead Perry finds himself as “the subject of a criminal investigation in Austin over his handling of the local district attorney’s drunken driving arrest and the state financing for a public corruption unit under the district attorney’s control.”
* The Republican U.S. Senate primary in Oklahoma appears to be dividing the right. Former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon picked up an endorsement from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week, a week after Mike Huckabee threw his support to Rep. James Lankford.
* In Colorado, former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R) will be part of his state’s Republican gubernatorial primary, but he just barely qualified for the ballot after thousands of his petition signatures were deemed invalid by the secretary of state’s office.
* And in Michigan, the state Chamber of Commerce is the latest to weigh in against incumbent Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R), with the business lobby throwing its support this week to businessman Dave Trott, who’s taking on Bentivolio in a GOP primary.