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.

* Who’ll run to fill the Senate vacancy left by Ted Kennedy? Some of his Senate colleagues believe his widow, Vicky, deserves serious consideration.

* On a related note, former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II (D-Mass.) is also very much a part of the mix.

* Last week, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) picked his former chief of staff, George Lemieux, to serve in the Senate through the end of next year. The selection isn’t going over especially well.

* Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) bid for a full term is likely to get a little more complicated if/when former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff challenges the appointed senator in a Democratic primary.

* I haven’t seen anything about the methodology, but the Alabama Education Association has a poll showing Rep. Artur Davis (D) leading his likely Republican opponents in next year’s gubernatorial race.

* Confirming earlier reports, Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) announced late last week that he will not take on Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) next year. Braley will, however, seek re-election to the House.

* And while the Republicans’ 2012 presidential field remains very much in flux, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) isn’t even thinking about it. “I wouldn’t get out of my driveway without my wife shooting me in the back,” DeMint said.