Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP….Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers.

* It took a while, but the House race in California’s 4th congressional district was resolved yesterday, when Charlie Brown (D) conceded to Tom McClintock (R).

* For all of his many flaws, Chris Matthews seems to have enough poll support to at least make him vaguely credible as a Senate candidate in Pennsylvania.

* Leaders in both the House and Senate are moving forward with a plan to reduce the salary of the Secretary of State, removing a possible constitutional hurdle for Hillary Clinton’s confirmation.

* The Democratic Governors Association announced yesterday that its new chairman will be Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will be the vice-chair.

* Jeb Bush isn’t the only Florida Republican with a famous last name eyeing the 2010 Senate race. Rep. Connie Mack IV (R), whose father was also a senator, is reportedly thinking about throwing his hat in the ring.

* Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) was overheard on a live mic this week saying Janet Napolitano will make a great Director of Homeland Security because she doesn’t have a family, and she’ll have more time for the job. Rendell backpedaled yesterday and apologized.

* There are, believe it or not, new details emerging on the RNC’s campaign wardrobe for Sarah Palin.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.