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.

* Al Franken’s lawyers, citing federal law and the Constitution, are asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to force his certification to the U.S. Senate.

* New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo had his formal interview with Gov. David Paterson for the Senate vacancy.

* If Paterson is taking public opinion into consideration, a new Quinnipiac poll shows New Yorkers preferring Cuomo for the gig over Caroline Kennedy, 31% to 24%.

* Democratic leaders aren’t exactly excited about the prospect of Roland Burris seeking a full term in 2010.

* It’s generating no attention at all, but new Sen. Ted Kaufman (D) was sworn in this morning to fill Delaware’s vacancy in the Senate.

* Michael Bennet, soon to replace Ken Salazar as a senator from Colorado, wrapped up a four-day statewide tour yesterday, introducing himself to voters who may not know who he is. The tour seemed to go well.

* Steve Hildebrand, who ran Barack Obama’s field program, will now advise Rep. Kendrick Meek’s (D) Senate campaign in Florida.

* NRSC Chair Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) wants every Republican who’s seeking re-election in 2010 to start campaigning now.

* Rob Portman, best known as George W. Bush’s budget director and trade rep, formally kicked off his Senate campaign in Ohio this morning.

* We don’t yet know who the candidates will be in Missouri’s open Senate race in 2010, but Democrats appear to begin with a slight edge.