WEDNESDAY’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.
* Norm Coleman and Al Franken have reached a deal on disputed absentee ballots — the votes will only be counted if both sides agree they were wrongly cast aside.
* The Minnesota canvassing board will meet on January 5, possibly to certify a winner in the lingering Senate race, but the board’s process may go beyond January 6, the day the 111th Congress convenes.
* For the first time since the election, Coleman spoke publicly yesterday about the possibility of losing: “Life goes on, regardless of what your job is. I certainly love what I do. If I can keep doing it, I’ll be thrilled, and if not, I’m sure we’ll do something else.”
* A growing number of New York Democrats are raising concerns about Caroline Kennedy replacing Hillary Clinton in the Senate.
* We don’t yet know who Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) is likely to appoint to fill Ken Salazar’s Senate seat, but there’s some buzz about Democratic state Senate President Peter Groff, the highest-ranking African-American elected official in Colorado history.
* Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, meanwhile, doesn’t mind admitting that he’d like to be appointed to the vacant seat.
* And speaking of interest in vacancies, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) admitted yesterday that he wouldn’t mind being considered for Clinton’s seat, either. Nadler, who represents most of Manhattan, is not considered a leading candidate.