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:
* Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) left yesterday for a trade excursion to London. As Rachel noted on the show last week, England has been political quicksand for several Republican presidential hopefuls, including Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, and Bobby Jindal.
* Jeb Bush’s presidential operation hired Hipster.com co-founder Ethan Czahor to be the candidate’s chief technology officer, but the move was not without controversy – Czahor has published a variety of provocative online missives, including a variety of tweets that referred to women as “sluts.”
* Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), demonstrating the kind of class and decency that’s made him famous, insisted yesterday that only Muslims have President Obama’s “undying” and “unfailing” support. The likely right-wing candidate added, in reference to the president, “Everything he does is against what Christians stand for, and he’s against the Jews in Israel.”
* There was some drama yesterday when tensions between Priorities USA and American Bridge, super PACs likely to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign, boiled over. By late yesterday, however, the groups were “publicly mending fences.”
* Kevin Hassett, a former economic adviser to Mitt Romney and John McCain, has a prediction for Clinton’s 2016 message: “When Hillary Clinton runs, she’s going to say, ‘The Republicans gave us a crappy economy twice, and we fixed it twice. Why would you ever trust them again?’”
* Jim Merrill helped lead Romney’s primary campaigns in 2008 and 2012, but in 2016, he’ll be a senior adviser to Marco Rubio’s operation.
* Pennsylvania will host a closely watched U.S. Senate race next year, but a new poll suggests Democrats have a lot of ground to make up – Quinnipiac shows Sen. Pat Toomey (R) leading former Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in a hypothetical matchup, 45% to 35%,
* And in California, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) has not yet said whether he’s running for the U.S. Senate or not, but according to Public Policy Polling, he’d start the race trailing state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D).