Monday’s campaign round-up

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.

* Louisiana Sen. David Vitter caught a break on Friday when Family Research Council president Tony Perkins announced he will not run against Vitter in a Republican primary next year. Perkins joins former Rep. John Cooksey as Republicans who considered the race before bowing out and endorsing the scandal-plagued incumbent.

* In the special election in New York’s 20th congressional district, tightening polls have forced GOP leaders to scramble for more money to support Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R). More than 80 members of the GOP conference are writing checks for Tedisco’s campaign, and four are hosting fundraisers.

* Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R), as expected, announced he is running against Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) next year. He was rejected by his constituents in 2006, but recent polls show him very competitive against Dodd.

* On a related note, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee responded to Simmons’ announcement by noting his “close ties to Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay.”

* Rep. Ben Chandler (D) is apparently moving closer to a Senate campaign in Kentucky against Sen. Jim Bunning (R).

* The DNC, in its first ad since President Obama’s inauguration, has a new spot up criticizing South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s (R) economic policies.

* Rep. Kendrick Meek’s (D-Fla.) Senate campaign got a boost over the weekend with an endorsement from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, the third union to support the Miami congressman.