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 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is launching a new ad campaign in seven House Republicans’ districts, targeting GOP lawmakers over immigration reform. It’s part of a $500,000 buy, which is a pretty significant campaign a year before an election.
* It was probably inevitable: a major conservative media outlet is already speculating about failed gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli (R) running for the U.S. Senate.
* Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) announced yesterday he’ll retire at the end of this term, citing his poor health. His district is generally considered pretty “red,” though the DCCC has vowed to contest the open-seat race and is generally delighted by the growing number of House Republican retirements.
* A 527 group associated with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is behind a new attack ad, airing on MSNBC, targeting former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist from the left. The spot features comments from Democrats criticizing Crist before he left the Republican Party.
* In West Virginia, the DCCC successfully recruited state auditor Glen Gainer (D) to challenge Rep. David McKinley (R) next year. Gainer is a popular official in the state, and is considered a strong contender.
* Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is in Iowa, for reasons I’ll assume are obvious.
* For the first time in nearly 160 years, a Whig Party candidate was elected to public office this week. The election was in Philadelphia, where Robert Bucholz was elected as a local judge.
* And it’s certainly of interest that the New Hampshire Republican Party is hiring a new executive director with “strong ties” to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
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