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:
* In a surprising development, Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) will resign from Congress later this month, accepting a job at a Philadelphia law firm. Andrews is currently facing a House Ethics Committee investigation over alleged misuse of public funds. His district is expected to stay in Democratic hands.
* Organizing for Action is launching a new ad in support of a minimum-wage increase. It’s unclear how big an ad buy OFA has made, but the spot is expected to air nationwide.
* Sandra Fluke filed this week with the California Democratic Party, seeking its endorsement as she gears up to run for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-Calif.) seat.
* The Republican National Committee yesterday launched its first-ever paid ad campaign honoring Black History Month. The effort will include radio, print, and television advertising.
* The Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity is launching a new round of attack ads, this time going after Rep. Nick Rahall (D) in West Virginia over his support for expanded access to health care.
* In Florida, state Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R) kicked off her congressional campaign yesterday, hoping to win a special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R), who resigned last week.
* Former Rep. Parker Griffith’s on-again/off-again relationship with the Democratic Party is apparently back on again – four years after leaving the party, Griffith is reportedly preparing to run for governor as a Dem later this year. [Upate: Griffith is set to run in Alabama.]
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