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:
* In an unexpected turn, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch has begun complaining about the competence of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The conservative media mogul soon added, however, “Of course I want [Romney] to win [to] save us from socialism.”
* Speaking of the Romney campaign, its new attack ad targeting President Obama features four-year-old criticism from Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
* Morgan Stanley employees are being encouraged to give money to Romney. The financial firm will also host a Romney fundraising event at its corporate headquarters in New York City later this month.
* On Tuesday, it looked as Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) had won his Democratic primary. As of yesterday, his victory appears far less secure.
* In Massachusetts, Romney’s former constituents aren’t especially interested in giving him a promotion – PPP shows Obama leading Romney in the Bay State by 16 points.
* Rep. Jeff Flake (R), worried that the U.S. Senate race in Arizona is slipping away from him, has put down another $1.4 million for airtime, and will start another round of advertising next week.
* And speaking of buying ad time, the House Majority PAC and the SEIU have bought nearly $20 million in ad time for the fall, targeting 47 competitive House races.