Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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 still thinks he’ll eventually get his Senate seat back, but just in case he doesn’t, Coleman has taken a job with the Republican Jewish Coalition.

* On a related note, Senate Democrats are moving forward with a plan to bring Al Franken into the Senate. “We’re going to try to seat Al Franken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Wednesday.

* Is Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) the new front-runner to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate?

* South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson, currently running to be chairman of the Republican National Committee, apparently got involved in politics because he opposed busing in the 1960s.

* Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) will likely face former Rep. John Kasich (R) in 2010, but early polling seems to favor the incumbent.

* And in Virginia, Democratic consultant Joe Trippi has signed on with Brian Moran’s gubernatorial campaign, which means he’ll be going up against Terry McAuliffe once again. I get the sense that Trippi is looking forward to it: “Like Obama, Brian Moran embraces a politics powered by the people, empowering supporters, not relying on millions of high-dollar donations and the status-quo party establishment.”

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