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 her first post-primary ad, Kentucky Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) blames “the people at the top in both political parties” for Washington’s dysfunction, adding, “No matter who the president is, I won’t answer to them. I’ll only answer to you.” It’s a 60-second spot.
* Shortly after winning the Republicans’ U.S. Senate primary in Oregon, Monica Wehby’s aides told local reporters the candidate is not doing interviews. Staffers said they’ll happen “in the coming weeks.”
* In Georgia, Rep. Paul Broun’s (R) congressional career is over, at least for now, after his Senate primary defeat yesterday, and in the race to replace him, trucking company owner Mike Collins and Baptist Pastor Jody Hice are headed for a runoff. Hice believes, among other things, that secularism causes sexually transmitted diseases.
* Speaking of Georgia, businessman David Perdue (R) has advanced to a runoff in his U.S. Senate bid. Mother Jones reported yesterday that during Perdue’s tenure as CEO of Dollar General, “federal investigators at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found that female store managers who worked for the company he ran ‘were discriminated against,’ and ‘generally were paid less than similarly situated male managers performing duties requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility.’”
* In Mississippi, U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel (R) participated in a local radio interview and was asked about the local blogger/activist who allegedly snuck into Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R) wife nursing home. The interview didn’t go especially well.
* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is cruising towards a second term in a new Quinnipiac poll, leading Republican challenger Rob Astorino by nearly 30 points, 57% to 28%.
* And despite being in the minority facing long odds in taking back the House, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee easily outraised the National Republican Congressional Committee in April, $7.1 million to $4.1 million.