Wednesday’s campaign round-up

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.

* Taking a far different position than Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, the new vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said yesterday that Illinois’ vacant seat should not be viewed as “the black seat.” If that happens, “we begin to lose the progress we made,” Cleaver said.

* Most Americans believe the Senate should block Roland Burris’ appointment.

* Walter Dellinger, a former head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel under Clinton, presents a compelling case that Burris should be seated.

* At a press conference to discuss the latest in a series of Norm Coleman lawsuits, Al Franken’s aides kept referring to “former Senator Coleman.”

* Obama has transferred some of his leftover campaign funds to the DCCC.

* To help rally support for his bid to become the next RNC chairman, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has begun using robocalls.

* An ad hoc group of RNC members calling itself the Conservative Steering Committee cancelled a straw poll yesterday when they didn’t like the expected outcome.

* Rep. Mark Kirk (R) announced yesterday that he will not run for governor of Illinois in 2010, despite encouragement from the state GOP. Kirk will, however, likely run for the Senate in two years, or sooner if there’s a special election.

* And CQ notes an interesting historical trend: since the 17th Amendment established procedures for filling vacancies in 1913, only one-third (60 out of 180) of Senate appointees have gone on to win their own full term.

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