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:
* Billionaire Joe Ricketts is trying to boost former Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) campaign in New Hampshire, buying time for a new ad campaign thanking Brown for opposing health care reform during his brief tenure in Congress.
* Over the weekend in Kentucky, Glenn Beck appeared at a Tea Party rally called FreePAC Kentucky, intended to boost Republican primary challengers. In his remarks, Beck argued, “Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to our country as Barack Obama is.”
* In Illinois, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner is running a new ad, featuring his wife claiming to be a Democrat. Looking at her campaign contributions over the last two decades, there’s reason to be skeptical about the claim.
* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), eyeing a possible 2016 presidential race, took a far-from-conservative line on illegal border crossings over the weekend. “Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony. It’s an act of love,” he said. “It’s an act of commitment to your family. I honestly think that that is a different kind of crime that there should be a price paid, but it shouldn’t rile people up that people are actually coming to this country to provide for their families.”
* In Louisiana, a new Republican poll shows Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) leading her Republican challengers, but not by a large enough margin to avoid a December runoff.
* Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) appeared on msnbc this morning, defending his party’s focus on the Koch brothers. The Democratic leader argued that the strategy “will work.”
* And in Oklahoma, there appears to be a split among conservatives in the U.S. Senate Republican primary. Mike Huckabee is throwing his support to Rep. James Lankford, while state House Speaker T.W. Shannon has picked up endorsements from Saran Palin and the Senate Conservatives Fund.