Posted by Brad @ 9:13 am on March 26th 2009

Chris Matthews, Larry Kudlow, To Not Run for Senate

In case you were wondering.

Kudlow (who had been approached to run in, I believe, New Jersey (or maybe Connecticut?) as a Republican):

Tonight I want to talk to you for a quick moment about me. Several weeks ago, I was approached by the Republican Party to consider a run for the US Senate in the great state of Connecticut. It was a flattering conversation, and one that I thought about, but to me it was never really a serious proposition.

However, this story seems to have a life of its own. It started as a solitary blog post and then spread like wildfire. Now CNBC, my network, is getting questions from a number of high-profile reporters wanting to know what I’m going to do. I’m glad they care.

So this evening, I’m letting the world know that I am not running for the US Senate. And here’s why: in my heart I know that I belong right here at CNBC. This is my love. I just signed a new long-term deal here and I can’t think of anything else I would rather do.

I’ve invested and worked very hard at this job, and I am so blessed to have it. My great hope is I’ll be around this network, doing my thing, for many years to come. So I appreciate your interest and support. The case is closed.

Matthews (who has stoked rumors that he might run for PA Senate as a Democrat):

Chris Matthews, the usually garrulous host of “Hardball” on MSNBC, has quietly signed a new long-term contract to remain with the cable network through the next election, signaling that he had quit entertaining any plans to run for a Senate seat.

The deal is for at least four years. Financial terms were not disclosed, and neither side would confirm whether MSNBC had won a reduction in salary for the host, as it had been reported to be seeking. Previous reports put his annual salary at about $5 million.

Mr. Griffin said about Mr. Matthews’s dalliance with a political career, “I never really took it seriously.” But his rather public testing of the waters during a presidential campaign raised questions about how he could remain at a news organization while seeking public office.

Mr. Matthews said that he had been serious about the Senate seat, now held by Arlen Specter, a Republican, and took umbrage at any suggestion that he might have been using the idea as negotiating leverage.

“I think it’s unfair people think like that,” Mr. Matthews said. “That’s sacrilegious.”

He said he had held a lifelong love affair with the Senate. “I grew up reading ‘Advise and Consent.’ I would go to Washington on high school trips with the band and I would see senators just like in ‘Advise and Consent.’ Humphrey, Dirksen, Goldwater.” He added, “To be a senator was the greatest thing in the world.”

He modified that view as he examined the current role of senators, which, he said, has become dominated by raising funds. And he came to question, he said, whether he had at least one prerequisite for a political career.

“Every great guy has three things,” Mr. Matthews said. “Motive, passion and spontaneity. Clearly I had the final two. But motive? I would say to my wife, ‘When the tough calls come, I would do the right thing. I would check the Constitution.’ And she would go, ‘What do you want to do?’ I didn’t have that drive to do particular things.”


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