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.
* Michael Steele’s management skills continue to draw fire from within the RNC.
* Al Franken’s victory is likely to get certified one of these days, but the Minnesota Supreme Court isn’t prepared to give it to him just yet.
* Speaking of Minnesota, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) remains fairly well liked by his constituents, but they don’t want to see him run for president in 2012.
* Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) launched a long-rumored gubernatorial campaign over the weekend. Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou (R) is the leading Republican in the race for Abercrombie’s House seat, and on the Democratic side, expect to see a crowded primary, with former Rep. Ed Case, former state House Majority Leader Kirk Caldwell, Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hanneman, state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, and former state Rep. Brian Schatz in the mix.
* Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) looks like a safe bet for re-election, even if Arnold Schwarzenegger decides to run against her.
* In Virginia, the Democratic gubernatorial primary fight continues to be very close, with Terry McAuliffe enjoying a very small lead over Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds.
* Americans United for Change is still using Limbaugh to hit the Republican Party.
* And speaking of Americans United for Change, former DNC executive director Tom McMahon is slated to take over the progressive organization.