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:
* New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) may not be quite as popular as he once was, but a new Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll shows him leading his closest Republican challenger by 42 points. Wow.
* Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) isn’t faring nearly as well. A new PPP poll shows the governor, who has a 34% approval rating, struggling against likely Republican challengers.
* The same poll shows Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D) in far better shape, leading his GOP rivals by margins ranging from 15 to 18 points.
* Speaking of Illinois, gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner (R) is pushing a message about his personal frugality and willingness to say “in the cheapest hotel room he can find when he’s on the road.” What his ads neglect to mention is that he has a vast real-estate portfolio which includes homes in Illinois, Florida, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and “a penthouse in a landmark co-op building along New York’s Central Park.
* In Florida, with Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.) in rehab, former Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.) is letting locals know he’s eyeing a comeback. Mack gave up this House seat to launch a failed U.S. Senate campaign last year.
* Rep. Tom Cotton (R), running for the U.S. Senate in Arkansas, devoted his first television ad to attacking health care, but his second spot is a bio ad featuring his parents.
* South Carolina State Sen. Lee Bright (R), running against Sen. Lindsey Graham in a Republican primary next year, let voters know this week, “I’m supportive of self-deportation.”
* And ProPublica reported this week that Karl Rove’s secretive attack operation, Crossroads GPS, spent “at least $11.2 million” more on campaign activities than originally disclosed to the IRS, thanks to a massive “social welfare” grant to Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, which spent the money “on political activities expressly advocating for or against candidates.”
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