Thursday’s campaign round-up

THURSDAY’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.

* In the wake of Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) dishonest outburst during last night’s presidential address, his Democratic opponent, Rob Miller, has raised a whopping $200,000 in contributions. Miller, it’s worth noting, is seeking a rematch, after losing to Wilson last year by eight points in one of the nation’s most conservative districts.

* With the controversy surrounding his thesis changing Virginia’s gubernatorial campaign, Republican hopeful Bob McDonnell is now being questioned about 2003 remarks in which he suggested gay people shouldn’t be able to serve as judges.

* In related news, Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate in Virginia’s closely-watched gubernatorial campaign, has launched his first ad targeting McDonnell on the thesis issue.

* Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s (D) re-election bid got a little more difficult yesterday with state Treasurer Timothy Cahill announcing he’s running for governor next year as an independent.

* Speaking of Massachusetts, Andy Card, George W. Bush’s first White House chief of staff, is “seriously considering” running for the Senate in the upcoming special election.

* And in related news, the prospect of retired baseball player Curt Schilling running for the Senate isn’t exactly a popular idea among Bay State voters.

* Democrats finally fielded a credible opponent to take on Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) in 2010, with North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall throwing her hat into the ring yesterday.