Wednesday’s campaign round-up

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items that won’t necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers:

* With Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) resigning, Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) will choose the date for a special election, and Democratic insiders are already eyeing their favorites. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici are considered the favorites.

* Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann took out a government-backed home loan in 2008, lowering her costs though a federally-subsidized program. A few weeks later, Bachmann announced she wanted to dismantle the very program she’d just taken advantage of.

* In Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, where the GOP finally has the match-up it wants, a new survey from Public Policy Polling shows Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) leading former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R), 50% to 41%. Hoekstra, by the way, enjoys high name recognition — he ran for governor last year, losing badly in a GOP primary.

* In another setback for Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign, a member of his New Hampshire steering committee has abandoned Pawlenty’s team, and pledged her support for Mitt Romney.

* Speaking of Romney, the Republican presidential hopeful attended a Virginia Beach fundraiser yesterday and was asked who might be on his short list for VP candidates. He named Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as some of his favorites.

* In Wisconsin, the latest PPP data for Daily Kos shows Democrats in a fairly strong position to win back the state Senate through the recall-election process.

* And in Nevada, it would appear Romney is the heavy favorite in the Republican presidential caucuses, but Rep. Ron Paul sees a possible opportunity, and invested $120,000 in television advertising in the state last week.