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 Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli’s (R) gubernatorial campaign released this new statewide ad late Friday. Watching the spot, it’s hard not to get the impression that the Republican is worried about being tarnished by the corruption scandal surrounding Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).
* In San Diego, Republican Carl DeMaio, who has been running for Congress, appears to be ready to now run for mayor in the upcoming special election. There are, however, as yet unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct in DeMaio’s past – allegations the Republican has categorically denied, and dismissed as “absurd and ludicrous.”
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has ruled out a gubernatorial run, but was asked on Fox News yesterday about a possible White House campaign. “I’m going to travel around the country and see what happens,” he replied.
* In a surprising move, Rasmussen Reports, a controversial, Republican-friendly pollster, has forced out its founder, Scott Rasmussen. A press statement from the company did not explain the reason for Rasmussen’s departure (thanks to reader R.P. for the tip).
* In fundraising news, the DCCC and NRCC each raised about $4.4 million in July. For the year, House Democrats appear to have an advantage, despite being in the minority.
* And in South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley (R) will officially kick off her re-election bid at an event in Greenville this afternoon. Given the state’s importance in the presidential nominating process, several likely 2016 contenders will be on hand for the event, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).