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.
* The newly-created Organizing for America, an outgrowth of the Obama presidential campaign, is taking on its first project: rallying support for the president’s economic stimulus package.
* The process of picking the next chairman of the Republican National Committee is already underway in D.C. With several top-tier candidates, and a minimum number of 85 votes to win, there will likely be several hours of balloting.
* One candidate who won’t be in the mix is Chip Saltsman, the former Tennessee Republican chairman and former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee. Saltsman, who gained national notoriety for distributing a holiday CD featuring “Barack the Magic Negro,” withdrew from consideration yesterday.
* Former Rep. Bill Sali lost his re-election bid last year, despite running in one of the most conservative districts in the country. The notion that he appears to be stark raving mad seemed to factor into his defeat. Yesterday, Sali filed for a re-match, hoping to once again take on Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho). Sali will likely face a few primary opponents.
* Despite rumors to the contrary, Rep. Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.) announced yesterday that he’s not running for governor next year.
* If Judd Gregg leaves the Senate to join Obama’s cabinet, who would New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) choose to replace him? There’s some talk that former Gov. Walter Peterson, a liberal Republican, would be among the leading candidates, though he probably wouldn’t seek re-election.