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:
* Late Friday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry endorsed the National Organization for Marriage’s anti-gay pledge. By signing the pledge, Perry has reversed his support for leaving marriage issues to the states.
* Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said over the weekend that the United States is “the king daddy dogs” when it comes to natural resources. She blamed “radical environmentalists” for the inability to access those resources.
* On a related note, Bachmann also said she’s prepared to allow for oil and natural gas drilling in the Florida Everglades if elected president.
* House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) isn’t pleased that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney chose now to quadruple the size of his Southern California mansion.
* Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) was forced to abandon his presidential campaign a couple of weeks ago, after struggling to break into the top tier. The Huffington Post is reporting that polls weren’t the only reason Pawlenty quit — he was also deeply in debt.
* In Wisconsin, former Rep. Mark Neumann (R) will launch his Senate campaign today, and will likely face former Gov. Tommy Thompson in a GOP primary. Neumann has already run failed Senate and gubernatorial campaigns in recent cycles.
* Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, using an odd choice of words, has accused the LGBT community of launching “a jihad” against his campaign.
* And in Arizona, much to the chagrin of party leaders, Anthony Prowell, an elementary special-ed teacher, apparently intends to run against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a Democratic primary.