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:
* On the first day of the new Congress, we already have our first retirement announcement: Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) will step down after just three terms. President Obama won his New York district in 2008 and 2012, so expect the DCCC to go after this seat aggressively in 2016.
* Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R) fundraising operation is reportedly poised to ramp up very quickly: “Allies of the former Florida governor are planning to roll out both a leadership PAC and a super PAC in the coming days in an effort to lock up major donors and give pause to potential rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, according to several sources.”
* Because Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will apparently run for the Senate and the White House at the same time, he may be able to take advantage of a unique fundraising opportunity: “[B]ecause he would be campaigning for two federal offices, he would be eligible to have two open federal campaign committees at the same time. Thus, his largest donors could give $2,600 to his presidential primary campaign and another $2,600 to his Senate account for the primary.”
* Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who’s made no secret of his presidential ambitions, has set up a meeting in Iowa this week with conservative religious groups, in a gathering sponsored by the American Renewal Project. It precedes a major prayer rally in Louisiana this month, co-hosted by Jindal, called “The Response.”
* And speaking of social conservatives, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) is reportedly bringing together his 2012 backers for a meeting in D.C. this week. One assumes they’ll be discussing the former senator’s 2016 plans.
* Vernon Robinson, a conservative political activist, is launching a new super PAC as part of his Draft Ben Carson for President Committee. The super PAC will apparently “snap into action” once the right-wing neurosurgeon officially launches his bid.
* And speaking of long-shot candidates, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is reportedly considering a plan to step down from his Fox News gig in order to pursue a presidential campaign of his own.