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:
* As if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) didn’t have enough troubles, a poll out this week found that nearly 70% of his own constituents say he would not make a good president. A 58% majority of Garden State residents say “presidential” does not describe the governor “at all.”
* How wide open is the race for the Republican presidential nomination? A USA Today/Suffolk University Poll released yesterday found every candidate in single digits. Scott Walker narrowly led the field with 9% support, followed by Jeb Bush at 8% and Ted Cruz at 7%. Rand Paul was fourth with 5%.
* Jake Tapper reminded Marco Rubio yesterday, “You are casting yourself as a candidate of a new generation. But there is an issue where you are very out of step with younger voters, even younger Republican voters. On that issue, same-sex marriage, senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday.”
* Around the same time, Fox News’ Andrea Tantaros argued that Hillary Clinton may have had lunch at Chipotle this week as part of “Hispanic outreach.”
* Where was Rand Paul when he skipped all of those Senate Homeland Security Committee hearings? BuzzFeed took a closer look. In most instances, it seems the senator blew off official business to appear on TV or to attend fundraisers.
* The political world’s interest in email disclosure seems to have largely faded, but given Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) criticism of Hillary Clinton (D) on the issue, it’s worth noting that the Republican governor has “refused to release his own work emails.”
* And former Sen. Rick Santorum, likely to launch his second Republican presidential campaign sometime soon, said at a meeting with Iowa state legislators last week that his support for bans on gay sex helps prove what kind of leader he is.