THURSDAY’S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP…. Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:
* Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) made it official yesterday, launching his U.S. Senate campaign against incumbent Ben Nelson (D), though he likely won’t be the only Republican in the race. In fact, a spokesperson for the Nebraska Democratic Party said, “Jon Bruning is a lightweight candidate and not very politically savvy. He got pushed out of the Senate race in 2007 so Mike Johanns could replace [Chuck] Hagel, never mind that Bruning had already raised $1 million. Watch for Bruning to be shoved aside before Nebraska’s May 2012 primary.”
* There’s been some speculation that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D), fresh off his re-election win, would consider a U.S. Senate race against Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) in 2012. Yesterday, however, Patrick vowed to complete his second term, which ends in 2014.
* Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.) hasn’t exactly distinguished himself on Capitol Hill, but he’s nevertheless considering a gubernatorial bid in Washington next year.
* In Nevada, hindsight is 20/20 — Public Policy Polling found this week that more than two-thirds of the state’s Republicans wish they’d nominated someone other than Sharron Angle as their U.S. Senate candidate. Imagine that.
* Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R) of Pennsylvania/Virginia continues to move forward with his presidential campaign, and has begun hiring a team in New Hampshire.
* And on a related note, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) isn’t making any effort to knock down speculation about her national ambitions, and has agreed to deliver a keynote address to a Tax Relief PAC fundraiser later this month in Iowa.