TUESDAY’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.
* New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is struggling badly in a new Quinnipiac poll, and would get trounced by state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary next year.
* On a related note, Quinnipiac also found that newly-appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is also trailing a possible primary challenger, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island. The good news for Gillibrand is that the Quinnipiac poll showed the senator trouncing her likely Republican opponent, Rep. Peter King, by double digits.
* Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) announced that she is running for the Senate next year, hoping to fill the seat now filled by retiring Sen. George Voinovich (R). Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) is likely to face off against Brunner in a primary, though Fisher will enjoy the support of Gov. Ted Strickland (D), who’d urged Brunner not to run.
* Rep. Kendrick Meek’s (D) Senate campaign in Florida got a boost yesterday, when he won the backing of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has considerable sway in Florida Democratic politics.
* The AP reports today that Sarah Palin’s national ambitions may have to be curtailed in light of Alaska’s budget problems. “Given these bad times, she’s going to have a much more difficult time traveling outside Alaska,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “When times are good, people will let their governor roam. In bad times, citizens expect their governor to stay home and work on solving the problems.” Lower gas prices have apparently hit Alaska’s state budget pretty hard.