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:

* The far-right Senate Conservatives Fund continues to hammer Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in Kentucky, making a $340,000 ad buy in support of this spot. The ad attacks McConnell for not threatening a government shutdown.

* Speaking of Kentucky, McConnell’s Republican primary challenger, Matt Bevin, is slamming the incumbent over this week’s “empty dress” controversy.

* And in still more Kentucky news, Hollywood exec Jeffrey Katzenberg is reportedly taking a leading fundraising role in trying to defeat McConnell in 2014, and hopes to direct significant resources to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).

* In Virginia’s gubernatorial race, a group of laid-off workers are featured in a new Ken Cuccinelli (R) ad, but two of the three people in the spot claim they were misled about the nature of the commercial.

* On a related note, with just nine weeks remaining in the Virginia race, the Republican Governors Association and the Democratic Governors Association have shelled out nearly $10.3 million so far, and they’re not yet done.

* In Georgia, former Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) has launched the first ad of the 2014 campaign. It’s a radio spot emphasizing the far-right candidate’s opposition to health care reform.

* In New York City’s mayoral race, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) with a big enough lead that he may avoid a runoff.

* And in an apparent attempt to annoy me, former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has scheduled another event in Iowa for the fall.

Friday's campaign round-up