Sen. Barney Frank?
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:
* Former Rep. Barney Frank (D) told MSNBC this morning that he's asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to appoint him to temporarily fill John Kerry's Senate vacancy until there's a special election. "It's only a three-month period," Frank said. "I wouldn't want to do anything more. I don't want to run again."
* Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) recently dropped out of the state's 2013 gubernatorial race, but has begun "polling voters and meeting with business leaders to gauge the viability of an independent bid for governor." The state's right-wing attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli, will be the Republican nominee, and a Bolling candidacy would seriously undermine his support.
* Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) defeated Tom Foley (R) in 2010, and looking ahead, Foley is already gearing up for a rematch next year.
* Republican Party leaders are convinced their primary process has seriously hurt GOP candidates in 2010 and 2012, and are considering systemic reforms to "address the issue."
* Former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (D) came up short in his Senate bid in Arizona this year, but he isn't quite done with electoral politics -- Carmona is now eyeing the 2014 gubernatorial race.
* By one new estimate, thanks to gerrymandering, House Democrats would need to win the popular vote in the 2014 midterms by over 7% if they intend to reclaim the majority.
* South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) has scheduled a special election to fill Sen. Tim Scott's (R) House seat, with a primary on March 19 and a general election on May 7.
* And scandal-plagued Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R) already has a primary opponent, 22 months before his re-election bid. Republican state Sen. Jim Tracy launched his congressional campaign on Wednesday.