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:
* With Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) resigning, it seems increasingly likely that former Rep. Michael McMahon (D-N.Y.), who lost to Grimm in 2010, will probably run in the special election next year.
* The latest national CNN poll shows Jeb Bush leading the Republicans’ 2016 field with 23% support, followed by Chris Christie with 13%. This survey did not include Mitt Romney’s name in the mix.
* The same poll found former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the overwhelming 2016 favorite among Democrats. In head-to-head match-ups against GOP rivals, Clinton led every Republican by double digits –Jeb Bush was the most competitive, and he trailed Clinton by 13 points.
* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has not yet formally declared his re-election plans, but his team of aides have reportedly begun “an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus [in Arizona] by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies.”
* Former Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) burgeoning presidential campaign has barely begun, and it’s already confronting its first controversy: Webb’s leadership PAC spent about 20% of its budget “to support its stated mission,” while directing 10% to members of Webb’s immediate family.
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) continues to believe his party’s chances of winning the White House in 2016 will be “almost non-existent” unless Republicans act on immigration reform. Graham was one of the eight co-authors of the bipartisan immigration bill killed earlier this year by House Republicans.
* And in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hired a prominent Republican strategist, John McLaughlin, to help guide his re-election bid. McLaughlin is a longtime campaign veteran, though this wasn’t his best year – he also worked for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost a primary in a shocking upset over the summer.