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Rob Portman may take a run at NRSC

Posted: 11/9/2012 8:49 PM

Rob Portman may take a run at NRSC 

Enough games already, it's time to take back the senate.  Rob Portman is the perfect person for this position.  I hope he chooses to run for this post and if he does his fellow caucus members would be wise to support him.  He is as politically savvy as they come is one of the best all around senators in the senate.  

Rob Portman may take a run at NRSC
By: Manu Raju
November 7, 2012 12:14 PM EST

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who was on Mitt Romney’s shortlist to be his running mate, is considering running for chairman of the GOP campaign committee tasked with taking back the Senate majority in the next election cycle, according to two sources familiar with his thinking.

The Ohio Republican has been getting calls for a few weeks asking him to run. One source said Portman is “flattered” but is still undecided.

If he were elected to run the National Republican Senatorial Committee for 2014, Portman would be tasked with picking off several Democrats in red states like Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, Montana and South Dakota. But he’d also have to defend several critical seats, most notably Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s in Kentucky. And he’d be forced to navigate an internal party war over choosing Senate candidates in primaries that has contributed to the Republican failure to return to the majority for two straight cycles.

Separately, top Republicans had hoped Sen. Marco Rubio would take the job, but he has told colleagues he isn’t interested.

Sources said Portman hasn’t made any final decisions on the matter, and he could be up against another freshman Republican, Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, who made his intention to jump into the race clear weeks ago. But given Portman’s national name recognition, his high-profile role as a surrogate for Romney and his close relationship with McConnell, the Ohio Republican would most likely have the edge if he chose to jump in.

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