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 U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been quite busy lately launching pro-coal campaign ads in support of Republicans. Following commercials in support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), and state Sen. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.), the Chamber launched this spot in support of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R), who’s running for the Senate in West Virginia.
* In Georgia, Rep. Paul Broun (R) is launching an attack ad against Senate rival Rep. Jack Kingston (R), blasting the congressman for trying to “improve” the Affordable Care Act.
* Former Sen. Scott Brown (R) temporarily forgot where he was during a stop in New Hampshire last week, where he’s reportedly interested in running for the Senate, despite having already represented Massachusetts. “What I’ve heard from the Republicans up here is they’re thankful that I’ve been around for a year, helping them raise money, helping them raise awareness as to the issues that are effecting not only people here in Massachesett–uh, in New Hampshire, but also in Massachusetts, obviously, in Maine,” he said.
* In Mississippi, Sen. Thad Cochran (R) announced late last week that he will run for a seventh term. He’ll face a difficult primary fight against right-wing state Sen. Chris McDaniel.
* In Virginia, failed gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) told supporters over the weekend that he will not take on Sen. Mark Warner (D) in 2014, but former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie is reportedly eyeing the race.
* In Florida, the Republican primary in the race succeed the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R) is getting more intense, with both state Rep. Kathleen Peters and lobbyist David Jolly buying TV airtime in the district. The winner will take on former Florida CFO Alex Sink. The election is scheduled for March 11.
* In Virginia, Democrats now have both U.S. senators, the governor’s office, the lieutenant governor’s office, and barring a recount reversal, the state attorney general’s office. Virginia Republicans met over the weekend and agreed that they don’t need to change anything.