Thursday’s Campaign Round-Up, 2.5.15

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:
 
* A week after a poll showed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) leading the GOP’s 2016 field in Iowa, a NH1 poll shows him also leading in New Hampshire with 21% support. The only other candidate in double digits in the poll was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) with 14%.
 
* On a related note, as Walker begins to fill his campaign coffers, remember that he has a “thick donor file,” including supporters from across the country, which is “the byproduct of a contentious effort to recall the governor in 2012 after he pushed through a law curtailing collective-bargaining rights for many public employees.”
 
* Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) likely presidential campaign may be hindered in Iowa by his own staff: “One of Paul’s two top Iowa operatives, A.J. Spiker, is so deeply disliked and mistrusted by so much of the Iowa Republican establishment that party activists, officials, and strategists say he is damaging Paul’s credibility in the state.”
 
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, Jennifer Palmieri, the White House’s communications director, is leaving President Obama’s team to join Hillary Clinton’s unannounced campaign. She joins John Podesta, who also recently left the White House to join Clinton’s team. Note, Podesta and Palmieri worked together at the Center for American Progress.
 
* I’m skeptical about Rick Perry’s chances, but he apparently will not lack resources: “Former Texas governor Rick Perry on Thursday will announce that he has recruited more than 80 major donors, including some of the biggest bundlers in Republican politics, to aid his efforts as he prepares for a likely 2016 presidential campaign.”
 
* If Sen. David Vitter (R) is elected governor in Louisiana later this year, the Pelican State will host a special election to fill the Senate vacancy. Former Rep. Vance McAllister (R), the so-called “Kissing Congressman,” is now interested in the race, fresh off his embarrassing defeat last fall.
 
* And speaking of possible comebacks, former Rep. Pete Gallego (D) lost a very close race last year in Texas’ only competitive congressional race. He conceded this week that he’s interested in a possible rematch, telling supporters yesterday, “Stay tuned.”
 

Thursday's Campaign Round-Up, 2.5.15