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:
* Why did Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launch his presidential campaign today? Roll Call reports the Affordable Care Act’s fifth anniversary had something to do with it.
* To the delight of the DSCC, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) announced overnight that he’s running for the U.S. Senate in Florida, hoping to fill the seat Sen. Marco Rubio (R) will likely give up to run for president. Murphy, who turns 32 next week, is perhaps best known for narrowly defeating former Rep. Allen West (R) in 2012 in a competitive South Florida swing district.
* Gov. Chris Christie (R) spoke with Republican donors over the weekend in South Florida, and the New Jersey Republican urged them to be wary of presidential hopefuls who’ve flip-flopped on important issues. He was likely referring to Gov. Scott Walker (R), though Christie is not without vulnerabilities on the issue – the New Jersey governor used to be pro-choice.
* Though he’s officially undecided about 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) will make his first trip to New Hampshire this week to test the waters.
* In fundraising news, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised nearly $5.2 million in February, which helped pay down the committee’s 2014 debts. The National Republican Congressional Committee, meanwhile, raised just a little less, collecting $5 million last month.
* If we’re looking for clues about Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 intentions, Political Wire reports that Sanders’ re-launched website “makes it look like he’s going to be running a national campaign.”
* And Mitt Romney, reflecting on his 2012 defeat, said late last week, “I probably should have been more rigid and more scripted than I was” during the last campaign. No, seriously, that’s what he said.