Chris Cillizza reported that Republicans were putting together a formidable list of potential Senate candidates for the 2010 election.
On the Senate front, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is an all-but-announced candidate while former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge is seriously considering a bid. Rep. Mark Kirk (Ill.) is leaning toward a Senate run (and will decide VERY soon) and Rep. Mike Castle (Del.) appears to be leaning in the "run" direction as well -- spurred by new polling that shows him well ahead of his likely Democratic opponent.
Not bad, especially with Crist and Ridge as they were both mentioned as potential John McCain running mates. That is, until the super right conservatives decided to tank McCain’s chances by choosing Palin.
Wait a minute. This just in, scratch Ridge off the List.
“After careful consideration and many conversations with friends and family and the leadership of my party, I have decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Senate,” Ridge said in a statement.
“I am enormously grateful for the confidence my party expressed in me, the encouragement and kindness of my fellow citizens in Pennsylvania and the valuable counsel I received from so many of my party colleagues.”
The Political Animal has some thoughts as to why he wouldn’t want to run:
Ridge would have no doubt faced some withering attacks from Toomey and the right, which may have discouraged him. His association with the Bush administration, his lobbying work, and the fact that he hasn't actually lived in Pennsylvania for several years might have also factored into the decision. That Ridge would have had to take a big pay cut no doubt mattered, too.
Bad times for Rs who drive down the middle.