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:
* This morning on msnbc, Senate hopeful Thom Tillis (R) refused to say whether he supports a minimum-wage increase, even in his home state of North Carolina.
* The Senate Majority PAC, which supports Democratic Senate candidates, launched a new ad in Michigan this week, accusing Republican Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land of supporting a policy agenda that would move women “backwards.”
* Former Gov. Charlie Crist (D), running for his old job in Florida this year against Gov. Rick Scott (R), said yesterday that GOP racism helped drive him from the Republican Party. “I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs, and stay with a party that was so unfriendly toward the African-American president, I’ll just go there,” Crist told Jorge Ramos. “I was a Republican and I saw the activists and what they were doing, it was intolerable to me.”
* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is running a new ad in Kentucky this week characterizing himself as a “hero” when it comes to job creation. It appears McConnell is responding to the recent “not my job” controversy.
* The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will release new campaign ads in support of 10 congressional candidates today, as part of a $3 million ad buy. All 10 candidates are Republicans.
* And in Georgia, Senate hopeful Bob Johnson (R) is so opposed to TSA security screenings at airports, he said this week, “Now this is going to sound outrageous, I’d rather see another terrorist attack, truly I would, than to give up my liberty as an American citizen.” He later backed off, saying his comments came “in the heat of the moment.”