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.

* Bob McDonnell, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, was pressed by Chris Wallace yesterday on the controversy surrounding his 1989 thesis. Wallace asked if the right-wing wish-list represented “a pretty radical agenda.” McDonnell replied, “No.”

* New York Gov. David Paterson (D) isn’t sure what kind of support he might receive from the White House next year, but he said on “Meet the Press” yesterday, “I’m running for governor.”

* While most recent polls show Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) looking fairly strong in his re-election bid next year, the latest Rasmussen poll shows him trailing former Rep. John Kasich (R) by one, 46% to 45%.

* The latest poll in Michigan’s GOP gubernatorial primary shows state Attorney General Mike Cox with an early edge over his Republican challengers. On the other hand, Ann Arbor investor Rick Snyder (R) won a straw poll at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference over the weekend.

* Sen. John McCain (R) is going to seek re-election next year, and the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows him leading his potential Democratic challengers by wide margins.

* Conservative columnist George Will offered some hearty support to Marco Rubio’s far-right Senate campaign in Florida over the weekend, despite the Republican establishment’s backing of Gov. Charlie Crist (R). Will specifically complained about Crist’s support for the economic recovery package and concerns over global warming.