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 Alaska, right-wing Republican Joe Miller, after failing as a U.S. Senate candidate in 2010, is giving it another shot in 2014. The Tea Party candidate announced yesterday he’s launching an exploratory committee and hopes to take on Sen. Mark Begich (D) next year.
* A week after suggesting he may run in New Hampshire, Fox News pundit and Wall Street lobbyist Scott Brown appeared in the Granite State over the weekend, telling locals, “I think it’s important to note that I do have ties to New Hampshire. For me to be here is not unusual. I have nine generations of ties to New Hampshire. So, to think that I don’t have any right to be up here I think is quite a stretch to say the least.”
* On a related note, Brown appeared on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, and asked about running in New Hampshire, said, “Nothing is off the table, and nothing is on the table.” Karl Rove added, “This guy is a ninth generation New Hampshirian. That’s the dirty little secret. His mother lives there.”
* And in still more New Hampshire news, former Sen. John Sununu (R) announced over the weekend that he will not try to return to the Senate, at least not in the 2014 cycle.
* Time reported the other day that Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential ambitions were on the minds of GOP activists attending the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting in Los Angeles. One RNC member said, “If she gets in, we’re toast.” Another added, “We’re hoping she doesn’t run, because if she does, she’ll win.”
* In a story that seems eerily familiar, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe claimed in a 2009 debate that he’d “created over 100,000 jobs” in his private-sector background. National Journal reported that the claim “is expected to be fodder for a full-blown, multimillion-dollar Republican opposition machine this year.”
* And former Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky (D), defeated in Pennsylvania as part of the Republicans’ wave election in 1994, is mulling a comeback. Margolies-Mezvinsky, you’ll recall, cast the 11th-hour deciding vote to enact President Clinton’s economic plan, which was wildly successful, but which was not popular in her district 19 years ago.