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.
* If Arlen Specter votes against EFCA, he’ll have a better chance in the Republican primary next year. If Specter votes for EFCA, he’ll enjoy the enthusiastic backing of the AFL-CIO, which carries real weight in Pennsylvania.
* Republican Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, clinging to a narrowing lead in the special election in New York’s 20th, is apparently feeling nervous about his campaign. Yesterday, Tedisco decided he’s “shaking up” his staff and, from now on, will stop airing attack ads against Democrat Scott Murphy. The special election is March 31.
* In a very awkward message to donors, Norm Coleman, after carelessly failing to protect personal information about his supporters, is now urging concerned donors to cancel their credit cards. Immediately thereafter, in the same message, Coleman urged them to send more money.
* It’s likely that Mitt Romney will be facing off against Bobby Jindal for the Republican nomination in 2012. But in the short term, Romney is helping raise money for Jindal’s re-election campaign.
* RNC Chairman Michael Steele has more Republican detractors than he knows what to do with, but there are handful of party leaders coming to his defense. Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer, for example, believes the party should offer Steele “unwavering loyalty and support.”