Posted: 11/9/2012 8:49 PM
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.