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:
* Mitt Romney will reportedly attend this week’s winter meeting of the Republican National Committee. It will be his first public appearance since Romney signaled a genuine interest in the 2016 presidential campaign.
* Asked about a third Romney campaign, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who ran two failed campaigns of his own, told reporters this week, “I don’t know, man, it’s a free country.”
* Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continues to move forward with his national plan, hiring strategist Chip Englander to oversee “the day-to-day execution” of the senator’s operation. Englander last year helmed Gov. Bruce Rauner’s (R) gubernatorial campaign in Illinois.
* Speaking of Paul, the Kentucky Republican was asked this week about Romney’s apparent interest in the 2016 race. “Look, I like Governor Romney, I like him personally, I think he is a good person, I think he was a great businessman,” Paul said. “But you know that’s yesterday’s news.”
* Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has said dozens of times she’s “not running for president” so yesterday Sheila Bair asked the same question with a different tense: “Are you going to run for president?” The senator replied, “No.”
* John Podesta, a top adviser in the Obama White House, is reportedly set to “take on a senior advisory role in Hillary Clinton’s emerging presidential bid.” Podesta is set to leave his White House post next month, while Clinton will announce her intentions in the spring.
* In Virginia, state lawmaker Joseph Morrissey (D) resigned last year following a sex scandal, but he ran in a special election this week to keep his seat. It turns out, he won, “making him the first jailed lawmaker in modern Virginia history to win re-election.”
* And Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro was asked yesterday whether he’d consider joining a Democratic ticket as a vice presidential nominee. “We’ll see what happens. There’s no grand plan,” he replied.