by Max Brantley
NY Times mentions fund-raising efforts of PACs tied to prominent Republican politicians:
Former Gov. Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, raised $2.1 million in 2009, $1.4 million of which rolled in during the last six months of the year, after she resigned as governor on July 3. The number puts her on nearly even footing with two other possible 2012 hopefuls, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (his committee raised $1.3 million in the last three months of 2009) and Mitt Romney (his committee raised $2.9 million in 2009). Gov. Mike Huckabee, another potential candidate, raised 800,000.
The conservative Red State blog notes that Mr. Pawlenty did not set up his operation until October and since then has contributed twice as much money to other Republican candidates as Mr. Romney’s committee. Mr. Pawlenty is “hands-down the front runner,” ” Red State writes.
Same NY Times blog mentions that Rep. John Boozman will announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate next Saturday. Item misspells his name (as Boozeman). Item also says he's announcing as opponent for Blanche Lincoln. THAT is a little premature, I'd say with a football team worth of Repub candidates having announced as an initial barrier.