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:
* Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) took a not-so-subtle shot at some of his likely White House rivals yesterday, telling George Stephanopoulos, “The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families.”
* Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is accusing Republican leaders of cutting off his access to super PAC contributions. Though he wasn’t specific, Cruz said that there were “multiple reports” from big-money fundraisers in D.C. that “they had been told in no uncertain terms, do not write a check to these guys.” In context, “these guys” referred to Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
* In Florida, Public Policy Polling’s latest survey shows Hillary Clinton leading each of the likely GOP presidential candidates in hypothetical match-ups, including a three-point lead over Jeb Bush in his own home state, 47% to 44%.
* In Nevada, Harry Reid has already thrown his support to former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto in the race to replace him, but Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) has nevertheless suggested she’s likely to run, too.
* As expected, Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) kicked off her U.S. Senate campaign this morning, hoping to take on incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) next year. Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and a former official in the Department of Veterans Affairs, may yet face a primary challenge.
* Reuters reported the other day that some Wall Street bankers are so upset with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), they’ve “discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest.”
* And in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie (R) said he wouldn’t want tax revenue through marijuana sales, calling it “blood money.” He added that “every bit of objective data” shows that marijuana is a “gateway drug.” (There’s a fair amount of objective data pointing in the opposite direction.)