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 videos produced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) continue to amuse, in an unintentional sort of way. This one, featuring footage from the Fancy Farm event, characterizes McConnell “as electrifying as Hendrix at Woodstock,” Alec MacGillis noted.
* In Virginia, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli has generally put some distance between himself and E.W. Jackson, his party’s even-nuttier nominee for lieutenant governor. But TPM reported that Cuccinelli fully embraced Jackson last week in private conference call with a group called Homeschoolers for Ken.
* In New Hampshire, former Rep. Jeb Bradley (R) said last week that “all the rumors are true” and he would take on Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) next year. A few hours later, Bradley said he “was joking.”
* In Idaho, Rep. Mike Simpson (R) has an 85% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union, but in 2014, he’s facing a far-right primary challenger who’ll have the Club for Growth’s backing.
* Republican officials are reportedly “concerned” about the open U.S. Senate race in Georgia, where several right-wing candidates who are likely to struggle statewide have left the party divided.
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has openly flirted with the possibility of running in New Hampshire, but last week hinted that a gubernatorial campaign in Massachusetts is on his radar, too. “I have a plan and I’m executing that plan and whether it’s the governor or something else, you know, we’ll soon find out,” Brown said.
* And Gallup found last week, “Hispanics in the U.S. identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party over the Republican Party by about a 2-to-1 margin, regardless of whether they were U.S.-born.”