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 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this morning launched a new ad campaign targeting 17 Republican lawmakers over their votes for Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) far-right budget plan. This sample targets Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.). The ads, at least for now, are part of an online campaign, and not set to be aired on television.
* On a related note, the DCCC also believes there are 50 to 60 House Republican seats “in play” in the 2014 midterms. That strikes me as wildly optimistic, but time will tell.
* South Carolina’s special congressional election Republican runoff is tomorrow, and though former Gov. Mark Sanford remains the favorite, Curtis Bostic received help over the weekend from Rick Santorum, Ann Coulter, and Focus on the Family founder James Dobson.
* Though there had been some speculation that Sen. Mark Warner (D) would give up his seat to run for another office, the Democratic senator’s office said late last week that Warner will, in fact, seek re-election.
* On a related note, a Quinnipiac poll released last week found that Warner remains the most popular politician in the Commonwealth.
* Speaking of Virginia, state Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli (R) has a new problem, in light of reports he “failed to disclose for nearly a year that he had substantial stock holdings in a company, even though disclosure is required by law and his office was defending the state in a tax lawsuit filed by the company.”
* And in Pennsylvania, the Democratic gubernatorial candidates have not yet formally launched their campaigns, but there’s some early evidence of a contentious primary between Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord.