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:
* Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group founded by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly, has begun airing this ad in Iowa and Arizona this week, urging lawmakers to support measures intended to reduce gun violence.
* The mayor’s race in Los Angeles is headed for a runoff, with City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel set to face off on a May 21.
* The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a video this week targeting House Republicans for their “Tea Party Sequester.”
* A new RNC video wants Democrats to “admit” that the country has “a spending problem.” (For the record, the country does not have a spending problem, unless you define insufficient investments as a “problem.”)
* In Massachusetts, a new poll conducted by Garin Hart Yang Research Group for the League of Conservation Voters and NARAL Pro-Choice America shows Ed Markey leading Stephen Lynch in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, 42% to 28%. Note, however, that the groups sponsoring the poll have already endorsed Markey.
* In a bit of a surprise, Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R) announced yesterday that he will not challenge incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in Louisiana next year. Rep. Jeff Landry (R) continues to eye the race.
* Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was not at all pleased to see Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) head to New York City last week for a fundraiser, so soon after the far-right Floridian opposed federal disaster relief funds for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
* In Maine, Rep. Mike Michaud (D) is apparently eyeing next year’s gubernatorial race, seeing incumbent Gov. Paul LePage (R) as vulnerable. Michaud said this week, however, “I haven’t really set any timelines on making a final decision.”