2008-12-04 / Local & State

Official: TV Pundit May Seek U.S. Senate Seat

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) - TV political pundit Chris Matthews may be considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2010, a Pennsylvania Democratic party leader says.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Saturday that Matthews met with state party leaders this past week in Washington to discuss a possible bid to unseat Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

Party official Mary Isenhour said she left the meeting feeling that Matthews still hadn't made up his mind.

The 62-year-old Matthews hosts the cable TV show "Hardball'' and provides political commentary on the nationally televised program "Today.'' His contract with the network expires in June.

Matthews, a Philadelphia native, ran unsuccessfully for a Pennsylvania congressional seat in 1974.

Specter, the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history, has repeatedly said he is seeking re-election. He would be 80 if he wins again.

There was no immediate comment from Matthews on Saturday.

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