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.