A spokesman for Democrat Bob Kerrey says the former senator from Nebraska is thinking about changing his mind and running for office again.
A reversal would be good news for Democrats, who feared losing the seat being vacated by Sen. Ben Nelson. Kerrey, who was a senator from 1989 to 2001, said in early February that he wouldn’t run because it wouldn’t be right for his family.
“He has not made a final decision yet, and will not be doing any media until he does,” Brian Krapf, a spokesman for Kerrey, said in an email.
The Washington Post reported Monday that Kerrey, 68, had told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada that he plans to run again. Reid’s office didn’t confirm the call to ABC News. The AP reported that Kerrey was simply reconsidering his earlier decision not to get into the race.
A former governor and a presidential candidate, Kerrey has faced criticism from Republicans that his real home is New York City, not the redder Nebraska. He moved to New York to lead the New School (until 2010) after leaving the Senate.