FRIDAY’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.
* New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is apparently opposed to the idea of a “caretaker” senator to keep the state’s Senate seat warm until 2010.
* The AP, counting on “two people close” to Paterson, said Caroline Kennedy has emerged as his likely choice to fill the Senate vacancy.
* Possibly tipping the scales in Kennedy’s favor was an unexpected endorsement from State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, New York most powerful legislator, who had previously expressed reservations. Silver said yesterday, “If she is the appointee of the governor, I will certainly be supportive of her. I will work for her and will work strenuously for her election.”
* Norm Coleman appears poised to keep Minnesota’s unresolved Senate race “bottled up in the courts for weeks or even months.” Al Franken will likely be declared the winner early next week.
* There are as many as 18 people eyeing Rahm Emanuel’s House seat, but the top tier includes state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Cook County Commissioner Mike Quigley, and former Transportation Security Administration official Justin Oberman.