Tuesday’s campaign round-up

TUESDAY’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 White House is taking “an increasingly direct role in contests across the country,” as evidenced by the interest in New York’s gubernatorial campaign.

* On a related note, a new Siena College poll in New York shows more bad news for Gov. David Paterson (D). Only 18% of New Yorkers think the governor is doing a good or excellent job in office. The poll added that Democrats, “by a significant margin,” believe Paterson is well-intentioned but ineffective, bad on fiscal issues, and lacking leadership skills.

* With many Virginians still learning about the controversy surrounding Bob McDonnell’s right-wing thesis, Creigh Deeds (D) is hitting the Republican gubernatorial hopeful even harder on the issue in a new television ad.

* Former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin (R), a close Karl Rove ally and a key figure in the U.S. Attorney purge scandal, has announced he’s running against Rep. Vic Snyder (D) in Arkansas next year.

* Jeb Bush argued yesterday that the national Republican Party shouldn’t intervene in the Republican primary for Florida’s Senate race. Bush said he’d like to see Marco Rubio, the far-right former state House speaker, “be given a chance” against Gov. Charlie Crist (R).

* Pennsylvania’s crowded 2010 gubernatorial primary has yet another candidate, with former Rep. Joseph Hoeffel (D) throwing his hat into the ring.