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:
* Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton announced yesterday that he will not be a Republican presidential candidate this cycle, reducing the possible GOP field from 21 candidates to 20.
* Despite some mixed signals earlier in the week, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) announced she’s running for the U.S. Senate in California after all. Democrats are optimistic about keeping her seat in 46th District in party hands.
* With Sen. Dan Coats (R) retiring in Indiana, the DSCC hoped to find a competitive candidate for the open-seat contest. Dems are in luck: former Rep. Baron Hill (D), rumored to be interested in the gubernatorial race, is reportedly set to run for the Senate.
* In the state of Washington, Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant (R) announced this week that he’s running for governor, hoping to take on incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee (D) next year.
* In Ohio, Democratic officials would love to clear the field for former Gov. Ted Strickland (D) as he takes on incumbent Sen. Rob Portman (R) next year, but Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld insisted yesterday he intends to stay in the race and challenge Strickland for the Dem nomination.
* Despite being under criminal indictment and struggling in the polls, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will reportedly kick off his presidential campaign on June 4 in Dallas. It will be Perry’s second attempt at national office.
* NBC’s Perry Bacon Jr. had a good report this week noting that Jeb Bush is “annoying” conservative activists by refusing to sign Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.
* And speaking of the former Florida governor, Bush reportedly has a strained relationship with Karl Rove, which dates back several years. The two are reportedly on a “collision course” over campaign financing, as both compete for checks from the party establishment and GOP mega-donors.