"MSNBC Host Ed Schultz considering bid for Sen. Dorgan’s seat. (Updated)"
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced yesterday that he will not be running for re-election, depriving the Senate of one of its strongest populist voices. Today, MSNBC host Ed Schultz, a native of North Dakota, said he’s been contacted by a top state Democrat and Dorgan himself about running for the seat. North Dakota House Minority Leader Merle Boucher (D) called to urge Schultz to consider a bid, which Schultz did not rule out:
“I’m flattered. I’m honored. I can’t say that I’m even considering it right now,” Schultz said. “I’m in a different place right now. So we’re a long way from any kind of consideration.”
Still, Schultz sounded like he was taking the prospect of challenging Gov. John Hoeven (R)– the likely GOP candidate — seriously. “I personally think that he’s vulnerable in a lot of areas. He’s going to be challenged in a lot of areas,” Schultz said.
The [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee] refused to say whether they had reached out to Schultz, citing a policy against revealing conversations with potential candidates.