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 Kansas, Sen. Pat Roberts’ Republican challenger, Tea Partier Milton Wolf, doesn’t have quite enough money to run TV ads at this point, but he’s now airing radio spots hitting the incumbent for his recent gaffe: “Every time I get an opponent, uh, I mean every time I get a chance, I’m home [in Kansas].” (Update: Wolf has had the resources to air statewide television spots, but this isn’t one of them.)
* In Montana, appointed Sen. John Walsh (D) has a tough fight on his hands against Rep. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), but Walsh has an effective new ad featuring three elderly women who aren’t happy with Daines’ anti-Medicare votes.
* Some potential trouble for the GOP Senate campaign in Michigan: “When Terri Lynn Land poured $1.66 million of her own money into her U.S. Senate campaign last year, she boasted about her family’s west Michigan real estate business that is credited as the source of her wealth…. But as the November election quickly approaches, Land has separated herself from the actions of Land & Co. She has denied ever working for the company – despite public records suggesting otherwise.”
* Republicans hoping to see New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) lose this year should probably keep their expectations low. A new Wall Street Journal/WNBC-TV/Marist poll shows the incumbent Democrat leading his Republican challenger by a whopping 35 points, 59% to 24%.
* In South Carolina, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) looks like a safe bet to win re-election, but his race is poised to get a curveball: former Republican state treasurer and reality-show participant Thomas Ravenel is running against Graham as an independent. Ravenel also served 10 months behind bars on federal drug charges.
* And this could be a problem for the congressman: “Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) received a handsome bonus from his father’s company in 2010, the same year he first ran for Congress and loaned a similarly large sum of money to his campaign, according to disclosure documents released by his office. The timing of the bonus and loans raise the question of whether Amash received an illegal campaign contribution from his family’s business to finance his first campaign for Congress.”
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