Wednesday’s campaign round-up


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 what may well be the most ridiculous attack video ever released by a sitting U.S. senator, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) team unveiled this remarkable thing yesterday, hoping to argue that Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-Ky.) isn’t ready for “prime time.” The same video originally misspelled “McConnell.”

* On a related note, the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Matt Hoskins argued yesterday that McConnell is “the least electable Republican senator running for reelection in 2014.” Hoskins, the head of the far-right political action committee, added, “He could lose this race and cost Republicans the majority. He needs to consider whether it might be time to hang it up.”

* In Virginia, E.W. Jackson, the right-wing culture warrior running for lieutenant governor, accused his Democratic rival, Ralph Northam, of “running on divisive social issues.” No, seriously, that’s what he said.

* Ben Nesselhuf, the chairman of the South Dakota Democratic Party, resigned unexpectedly yesterday, announcing that he’ll manage the race to defeat Rep. Steve King (R) in Iowa next year.

* In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) has already served three four-year terms, and it’s not yet clear whether he’ll seek another. Yesterday, Perry sent out an email saying he plans to announce his “exciting future plans” at an event in San Antonio on Monday.

* New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) hopes to reward Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) for his leadership on gun policy with a fundraiser for the senator at the mayor’s home later this month.

* Stuff like this is done in complete secrecy, and it’s legal: “The leadership PACs of six top Senate Republicans gave a total of $105,000 in May to a dark money group named the American Future Fund. That same month, according to The Center for Public Integrity, American Future Fund began spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) against attacks ads financed by the gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”

* And in Hawaii, where a heated Democratic U.S. Senate primary is taking shape between appointed incumbent Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, competing polls were released this week. One found Schatz with a narrow lead, while the other, sponsored by EMILY’s List, showed Hanabusa up by 11 points.

Wednesday's campaign round-up