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 more Republicans talk about presidential impeachment, the happier Democrats are: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced this morning that it’s raised $4.8 million just this week in response to the GOP’s recent anti-Obama push.
* “McConnelling” has become a fun pastime, with folks using Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) odd stock footage. This week in Kentucky, however, Alison Lundergan Grimes is starting to use the incumbent senator’s footage against him in her new web ads.
* Speaking of Kentucky, will the National Republican Senatorial Committee come to McConnell’s aid? Apparently, not yet – NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran said yesterday the campaign committee is “not actively engaged in Kentucky.” Given McConnell’s support from outside groups, their resources may not be necessary.
* It was widely assumed that Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ (R-Tenn.) multiple personal scandals would derail his political career, but he won re-election in 2012 anyway. Can he win another term? This year, DesJarlais is facing a tough primary challenge from state Sen. Jim Tracy, who launched an aggressive ad this week highlighting the congressman’s sordid past.
* Major independent pollsters will soon shift their respondent screens from registered voters to likely voters. This is likely to show a more favorable landscape for Republicans, but it won’t necessarily be the result of shifting public attitudes.
* Christine Jones, the former chief legal officer of GoDaddy, said during an interview this week she sometimes practices shooting firearms with her eyes closed. “Because chances are if somebody attacks you it’s gonna be in the night,” Jones said.
* In Hawaii, statewide polls continue to show incumbent Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) in trouble, with the latest survey showing him trailing his primary challenger, David Ige, by 10 points, 51% to 41%.
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