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June 24, 2011 12:00 PM Friday’s campaign round-up

By Steve Benen

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:

* The Wall Street Journal, quoting a “normally reliable Republican source,” reported yesterday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has already decided to run for president. Aides to the governor denied that he’s already made that decision.

* A group of Mitt Romney supporters have, to very little fanfare, launched a super PAC called Restore Our Future PAC to raise and spend unlimited amounts of undisclosed money to boost his campaign.

* Speaking of Romney and campaign financing, the former governor will travel to London next month for a fundraiser with Americans living in England. Candidates very rarely hold fundraisers outside the United States — and this sounds “awfully European.”

* Six Republican presidential campaigns yesterday signed up to participate Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, paying for rental space. The candidates are Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and oddly enough, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R) of Michigan. The straw poll is scheduled for August 13.

* Newt Gingrich was asked if he’d still be a presidential candidate by the time the Iowa caucuses are held early next year. “Sure,” he said. “Of course.”

* In the state of Washington, Rep. Jay Inslee (D), as expected, is launching a gubernatorial campaign, hoping to succeed Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) who is retiring after two terms. State Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) is already in the race.

* In Florida, the latest survey from Public Policy Polling shows Romney leading the GOP presidential field with 27% support. Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann are tied for second with 17% support each.

* When Republicans look for “blue” states to flip in 2012, they shouldn’t spend too much time in Oregon — PPP shows President Obama with big leads over all of the Republican candidates.

* Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R), for reasons I can’t understand, believes he might be a credible presidential candidate and hasn’t ruled out launching a campaign.

* And the Progressive Change Campaign Committee has announced its first endorsement of the 2012 cycle, throwing its support to state Sen. Eric Griego (D), running in New Mexico’s open 1st district. The seat is currently held by . Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), who is running for the Senate.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.

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  • Doomsday Chicken on June 24, 2011 12:43 PM:

    Thu Jun 23, 5:06 pm ET
    "Poll: Bachmann surges to second place in Florida, Romney leads." Chris Moody, the Ticket.

    ...but the comments under this article are hostile, about Rick Scott, about Bachmann, about the Tea Party.

    I think as much as the conservatives have stolen the media, stalled government, trampled on American liberties and rights, they've also gotten into the electoral system in key states. Filth is not bound by the same barriers as honor.

    Unless Obama wins 2012 by a large enough margin to be uncontested (are you listening you who didn't vote in 2010?) America as we knew it is lost. And even if he does, Obama can only give us 4 more years of doing what liberals do not do best, fighting back against the GOP, or as their name should be, the DKPG: Democracy Killers for Personal Gain.

  • Trollop on June 24, 2011 12:43 PM:

    Yea, Rick Perry!
    Let's hire another christian douchebag to cloud further the waters of lawmaking and American policy (foreign and domestic)!
    He'll get votes and unless there are dead little boys in his past, his jesus douchebaggery could win him the white house. Imaginary Deity, save us all! I'm not certain even President Bus.. I mean Obama will match this guy's Prayer-power Crap appeal to the general religious, right-wing, rectal douche leak populous..
    Fascinating!

  • Zorro on June 24, 2011 12:45 PM:

    The Wall Street Journal, quoting a “normally reliable Republican source,” reported yesterday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has already decided to run for president.

    This just in from November 2012: Gov. Perry's hair elected President in a landslide!

    -Z

  • Ten Bears on June 24, 2011 1:41 PM:

    It's a safe bet PPP never got out of Portland (Oregon). Foremost most of Oregon is very "Red", secondly statewide the Neville chamberlain of our generation is enjoying a mere 49% support, and finally the progressive community outside of Portland has pretty much given up the appeaser to Republic hostage takers.

    I'd venture the most popular politician here today is Ron Paul.

  • June on June 24, 2011 1:46 PM:

    Re: Rick Perry..."Send in the clowns... there ought to be clowns... don't worry, they're here....."

  • Gummitch on June 24, 2011 4:35 PM:

    Foremost most of Oregon is very "Red",

    This is only true if you're counting square miles -- empty square miles, for the most part. The bulk of our population lives in the Willamette Valley (especially the north) and it's very very Blue.

  • Steve on June 24, 2011 4:41 PM:

    Shouldn't that be "The Wall Street Journal, a 'normally reliable Republican source,' reported. . .?"

    As if there's a difference.

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