FRIDAY’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.
* James Bopp Jr. is defending his “purity test” for Republican candidates seeking RNC support in the 2010 elections. He called it an “effective way to regain trust with conservative voters that has been undermined” by G.O.P. financial support for “liberal Republican ticket-switchers.”
* Now that Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman appears to be done conceding and unconceding, he’s made it clear that he will seek a re-match in New York’s 23rd next year.
* Another poll shows Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard (D) looking very strong against incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer (R) in a hypothetical match-up, 47% to 28%.
* After his surprisingly strong showing in the city’s recent mayoral race, New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. (D) is weighing a variety of possible races next year, including a possible primary campaign against appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
* Nevada’s gubernatorial race remains rather unpredictable at this point. If Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman runs as an independent, a Nevada News Bureau poll shows Bush-appointed federal judge Brian Sandoval (R) leading a three-way contest.
* “Draft Dick Cheney 2012” got to work today. Good luck with that.
* A right-wing group called Tea Party Nation will host the “First National Tea Party Convention” in Nashville in early February. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will be a featured speaker, and Sarah Palin will serve as keynote speaker.
* Palin has raised the notion of running on a national ticket with Glenn Beck. The Fox News personality suggested he wouldn’t be interested, because the half-term governor would always be “yapping” from “the kitchen.”