Thursday’s campaign round-up

U.S. Senate candidate David Young (R) of Iowa
U.S. Senate candidate David Young (R) of Iowa

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:

* At an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition event this week, U.S. Senate candidate David Young (R) said, if elected, he “would invite New York Senator Chuck Schumer to lunch so that he could share the good news of Jesus Christ.”

* In Virginia, Public Policy Polling shows E.W. Jackson, the Republicans’ candidate for lieutenant governor, trailing Democrat Ralph Northam by seven points, 42% to 35%.

* In related news, Jackson has, for the second time, “failed to properly disclose donations to his campaign by the deadline set by state law, according to state election officials.”

* In North Carolina, where the public is souring on Republican extremism in the state legislature, Sen. Kay Hagan (D) appears to be the beneficiary of shifting attitudes. PPP shows the Democratic incumbent leading each of her likely GOP challengers by double digits.

* In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is apparently “making his own personal effort to reduce the unemployment rate among political consultants.” In the last three months, his campaign has made payments to 20 different consulting firms.

* DSCC recruiting efforts in West Virginia are still struggling – state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis announced yesterday that she isn’t running, either.

* Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is making a stop in Iowa, fueling speculation about her possible ambitions.

* And Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) unfortunately forgot which district he represents – on his Federal Election Commission forms, Grimm has identified himself as the congressman from New York’s 13th, when he in fact represents the 11th.

Thursday's campaign round-up