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:
* About a month after seeing his entire senior campaign staff resign en masse, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) has picked up a new campaign manager for his Senate race in Georgia. Patrick Sebastian, a former aide to Chris Christie and Mitt Romney, will head Gingrey’s team going forward.
* Speaking of Christie, the New Jersey governor sent holiday cards to at least five Republican officials in the Iowa caucus last month. Imagine that.
* And speaking of Iowa, David Young, a former aide to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has ended his U.S. Senate campaign and will instead run for Rep. Tom Latham’s (R) House seat.
* In even more Iowa-related news, one of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates, state Rep. Tyler Olson, has dropped out of the race, citing family matters. State Sen. Jack Hatch is now the only Dem in the race, thought former state Rep. Bob Krause is reportedly interested.
* In Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has apparently picked up an even-more-conservative primary challenger, with former state Sen. Randy Brogdon (R) throwing his hat into the ring. Brogdon, who’s already lost to Fallin in a GOP primary once, said believes “Constitutional Conservative leadership is needed in the Governor’s office.”
* And in North Carolina, state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) hopes to take on Sen. Kay Hagan (D) this year and is launching his first television ad of the cycle. The spot, which predictably complains that “Obamacare is a disaster,” will begin airing next week and is part of a $300,000 ad buy.