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:
* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) new campaign video, apparently made to resemble a Michael Bay movie, has to be seen to be believed. The Republican lawmaker who’s spent his career fighting for the rich presents himself as some kind of nouveau-populist, with a pitch that bears no resemblance to his lengthy congressional career. (If the video style seems familiar, Tim Pawlenty used it to ridiculous effect two years ago.)
* A week after Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) voted to kill expanded background checks, PPP finds her approval rating dropping to 44%. Half of voters in the state say Ayotte’s vote will make them less likely to support her in a future election, but she isn’t up until 2016.
* Speaking of New Hampshire, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) appears to be faring quite well, and looking ahead to her re-election, PPP finds her with big leads over five potential Republican challengers in 2014.
* In Ohio, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald (D) made it official yesterday, launching his gubernatorial campaign. FitzGerald, former Lakewood mayor, will likely face some primary opponents.
* Organizing for Action is reportedly expanding the issues it’s working on, and will pressure Congress to accept climate science and address the climate crisis.
* Though former President George W. Bush hopes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush runs for the White House in 2016, their mother isn’t so sure. Former First Lady Barbara Bush told NBC this morning, “There are other people out there that are very qualified, and we’ve had enough Bushes.”