Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* A week after firing Rick Wiley as his national political director, Donald Trump has replaced him with Jim Murphy, a veteran Republican insider and former adviser to Bob Dole’s presidential campaigns.
* On a related note, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, despite his public criticisms of Trump, has signed on to help “cut advertisements and work on strategy” for a pro-Trump super PAC. Castellanos is responsible for some of the most controversial ads in modern history, including Jesse Helms’ notorious “hands” spot in 1990.
* A little over a year ago, Republicans criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting international charitable contributions. In an unexpected twist, Bernie Sanders began echoing the criticism over the weekend.
* Republican donors interested in Florida’s U.S. Senate race are holding off on supporting any of the top GOP contenders because they’re waiting to see if Marco Rubio changes his mind about seeking another term.
* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has made no secret of his interest in being Donald Trump’s running mate, but even he’s not comfortable with the presumptive Republican nominee’s racist rhetoric of late.
* A new Monmouth poll shows New Jersey voters giving Gov. Chris Christie (R) an approval rating of just 27%. That’s down from 70% in early 2013.
* Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told MSNBC this morning he’s “uncomfortable” withholding support from his party’s presidential nominee, “but I can’t at this point.”
* Tomorrow, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) may become the first congressional Republican to lose in a primary this cycle, but Trump is taking steps to prevent it: he endorsed Ellmers over the weekend and recorded a robocall on her behalf.
* And though it may seem like a modest accomplishment, the Kansas Democratic Party will run a candidate in every State Senate district this year. This is the first time the state party has done this in three decades.