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 an unfortunate mishap, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R) campaign launched a new ad featuring footage of Duke’s basketball team instead of the University of Kentucky’s team. (Duke is in North Carolina and the schools’ fans don’t usually get along especially well.)
* In New Hampshire, does former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) support Medicaid expansion? Greg Sargent keeps asking, and the Republican candidate keeps dodging.
* Rep. Bill Cassidy (R), Louisiana’s leading GOP Senate candidate, was asked last week whether he’d support Republican leader Mitch McConnell for his leadership post next year if elected. “I don’t know,” Cassidy said. “I don’t know who’s running.”
* In Florida, it now appears Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) re-election campaign co-chair, billionaire Mike Fernandez, parted ways with Scott’s team after he allegedly overhead campaign staffers joking around with Mexican accents. Reporters asked the campaign about the incident during a conference call yesterday, so Scott’s aides abruptly ended the call.
* Sen. Mark Kirk (R) won’t endorse his Illinois colleague, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D) this year, but Kirk won’t campaign with the Republican nominee, either. Kirk said yesterday he hopes to avoid a “partisan jihad.”
* Republican congressional candidates are receiving an enormous amount of help from groups like the Koch-financed Americans for Prosperity, and while Democrats can’t keep up, several environmental groups are prepared to run ads supporting Dems in North Carolina, Iowa, Michigan, and Maine.
* And in Hawaii, appointed Sen. Brian Schatz, facing a tough Democratic primary challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, launched his first television ad campaign yesterday.