It’s trial balloon season in presidential politics.
Not for the headline-devouring, top-tier prospects like Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie, but rather for the long shots and lesser-knowns who are floating their names for 2016. …
Dante Scala, a political science professor at the University of New Hampshire, said many of these potential candidates are after one thing: free publicity.
“Politicians and public figures are taking advantage of the vacuum in presidential electoral politics right now,” Scala said. “When there’s a name floated, and if they’re at all prominent, it will get some coverage.”