MONDAY’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.
* Roland Burris will leave for D.C. this afternoon, as part of his effort to be sworn into office this week. Rod Blagojevich will not join Burris on the Hill, but his acting chief of staff will.
* Former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe made it official over the weekend, announcing that he’s running for governor in Virginia.
* It’s not just Caroline Kennedy and Andrew Cuomo — Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) is informally “campaigning” to be the next senator from New York. Maloney made a series of visits in upstate New York over the weekend.
* Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R) is not going to run for governor of Tennessee in 2010, as had been rumored. With Frist out of the way, Rep. Zach Wamp (R) announced this morning that he will run for governor.
* Grover Norquist is hosting an event today for the top six candidates hoping to be the next chairman of the Republican National Committee. You can watch the whole thing on C-SPAN 2 in about an hour.
* The RNC competition is taking place in a contentious environment. A Republican consultant who has worked with the RNC told the Politico: “Some people are pissed off at [Americans for Tax Reform President] Grover [Norquist]. Some people are pissed off at the Conservative Steering Committee. Some people are pissed off at [current RNC chair] Mike Duncan. Some people are pissed off at social conservatives. The social conservatives are pissed at leaders in Congress. Everyone is basically pissed.”