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.
* The newly-elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, is already facing his first scandal, with new evidence of suspicious expenditures from his 2006 Senate campaign in Maryland. Steele has denied wrongdoing and vowed to cooperate with FBI investigators.
* The Democratic primary in Virginia’s gubernatorial race is already heating up, with former House member Brian Moran taking a few veiled rhetorical shots at former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe at a Jefferson-Jackson dinner on Saturday.
* In Florida, Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), who recently announced that he isn’t running for the Senate, will face a primary challenge this year from state Sen. Al Lawson. Boyd is a “Blue-Dog” Democrat, and was the only House Dem to support Bush’s Social Security scheme in 2005.
* We don’t yet know Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ (D) career plans, and she’s reportedly a leading candidate to be the next HHS Secretary. But if she decides to run for the Senate next year in her home state, she’d enter the race as the frontrunner.
* Norm Coleman may keep his appeals going in Minnesota for a very long time.