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. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) announced a month ago that he would retire from the Senate at the end of his term next year. With comments that will not please party leaders, Burris has started walking back his announcement, suggesting he might change his mind. “You never say never,” Burris told ABC News. “What I’m still hearing,” Burris said, is “people from all over the country and they are saying, ‘Don’t give up that seat.’”
* With the Specter-Sestak primary officially underway in Pennsylvania, the race is on for endorsements. The challenger picked up support from VoteVets.org’s political action committee this morning. “Joe Sestak will bring the same honesty, integrity, and hard work with which he’s always served America to the U.S. Senate,” said VoteVets.org chairman Jon Soltz.
* Thanks to a so-called “money bomb” from Ron Paul supporters, Connecticut investment advisor Peter Schiff (R), a former Paul aide, raise more than $800,000 in the first four weeks of his Senate campaign.
* Speaking of Connecticut, will Sen. Chris Dodd (D) get a boost now that the Senate Ethics Committee has cleared him of any wrongdoing in the Countrywide mortgage controversy? Maybe, but CQ notes today that “state Republicans are doing their darnedest to keep that from happening.”
* In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn (D), seeking his first full term after moving up in the wake of the Blagojevich scandal, will face state Comptroller Dan Hynes in a Democratic primary.
* And in Nevada, attorney/real estate developer Danny Tarkanian has announced he’s running for the Senate next year, hoping to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Tarkanian ran an unsuccessful state Senate campaign in 2004 and an unsuccessful secretary of state campaign in 2006. Tarkanian, who has never held public office, is perhaps best known for being the son of a famous basketball coach.