Over at MyDD, a blogger named JAllen has posted this tantalizing tidbit:
I've just heard a report on the radio that the DSCC is offering Representative Peter DeFazio (OR-04) support of up to $5,000,000 if he runs against Senator Gordon Smith. Although DeFazio has said before that he will not run, apparently he is still considering it. I've heard that the DSCC has given him a deadline to decide- a deadline that is approaching soon.
Later in the comments, JAllen provides the source:
I heard the bit about the DSCC on a KOPT newsbreak (for non-Oregonians, KPOJ is the progressive radio station in Portland, KOPT is the progressive station in Eugene).
Rumors of a DeFazio run have never quite died away - despite his statement in January to The Hill:
“I had my run at the Senate,” DeFazio said. “I’m holding a gavel for the first time in my 20-year career. I’m not looking to do anything else — become the junior senator from Oregon with no seniority and not chairing a committee.”
Should Peter DeFazio run for the US Senate? Even if it means that his House seat becomes vulnerable to GOP takeover?
Would you support a DeFazio for US Senate campaign?