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.
* Sen. Chris Dodd’s (D-Conn.) re-election chances are in doubt, but President Obama seems anxious to give him a hand.
* Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) was asked late last week whether he’d be “proud” to campaign with Dick Cheney. “Would I be proud? Nobody’s offering,” Crist said. “Let’s see. I don’t want to deal in hypotheticals.” He added, however, that he believes Cheney “did a great job for President Bush.”
* Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge (R), who recently announced he isn’t running for the Senate, said yesterday he’s not prepared to endorse former Rep. Pat Toomey, currently the leading GOP candidate.
* Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) now says it’s “very unlikely” she’ll run for governor in 2010. She added that she’s tired of being asked.
* In Oklahoma, former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.) seemed to be inching towards a gubernatorial campaign next year, but has instead decided to skip the race, citing “business and contractual obligations.”
* And in 2012 news, in case Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s (R) upcoming visit to Iowa wasn’t explicit enough, Barbour will also make a stop in New Hampshire on June 24.