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.

* The Club For Growth is still trying to figure out ways to make Sen. Arlen Specter as miserable in Pennsylvania as possible.

* In related news, former Rep. Pat Toomey, who will likely be the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania next year, is attacking Rep. Joe Sestak (D), Specter’s likely primary rival, for his support of the Waxman-Markey global warming bill last week.

* With about a year left before California Democrats choose their gubernatorial nominee, a new poll shows state Attorney General Jerry Brown with a big lead over San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) may have referenced certifying Al Franken’s victory after the upcoming ruling from the state Supreme Court, but a closer look suggests Pawlenty’s comments were nothing new.

* Is former New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu (R) planning to run again for the Senate next year? We’ll apparently find out this week. Sununu’s father, former Gov. John H. Sununu, who also happens to be the current Republican state party chairman, said he expects other possible GOP candidates to get out of the way should Sununu launch a campaign.

* Peter Schiff, an advisor to Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, is moving forward with his plans to run for the Senate in Connecticut, apparently as a Republican. He would face former Rep. Rob Simmons and state Sen. Sam Caligiuri in a GOP primary.

* And as Mitt Romney continues a lengthy run for the presidency, his already-assembled team has to figure out how to spend the next few years.

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