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 Karl Rove’s attack operation, American Crossroads, going after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called Rove’s efforts “ridiculous,” leading to a new spat between the Republican pundits. The progressive Bridge Project, meanwhile, is going after Rove in response to his offensive.
* In Massachusetts, Republican Senate hopeful Gabriel Gomez boasted that he doesn’t need financial help from members of his party in Washington, but is welcoming Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for an upcoming fundraiser. Gomez added that he disagrees with McCain on some issues.
* Gallup had a terrible polling year in 2012, and editor-in-chief Frank Newport has told Gallup’s staff that “a blue ribbon group of outside experts” is conducting a review of the firm’s “methodological issues” during the 2012 election. The findings will be published on June 4.
* In Minnesota, the NRSC hoped to recruit Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) to run against Sen. Al Franken (D) next year, but Paulsen has instead decided to run for re-election the House.
* It appears, however, that someone still wants to run for the Senate: in Pennsylvania, former Rep. Joe Sestak (D) has announced he won’t run for governor, and is instead eyeing a rematch against Sen. Pat Toomey (R) in 2016.
* And in New York City, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) appears to be moving forward with his comeback bid, hiring new staffers in advance of a likely campaign for mayor.