Looks that way.
Sure, these rumors have flown heavily for a few months but the dynamic is beginning to change. With increasing focus on Mitch McConnell and the approaching November election– the 2008 Senate race is hot on political minds.
Two credible and highly placed sources with the DSCC and KDP tell Page One that Auditor Crit Luallen (who is running for re-election) has been to D.C. to meet with Sen. Chuck Schumer in recent weeks and he has guaranteed money and support for her Senate bid against McConnell. This isn’t exactly unexpected as many believed it would happen after Schumer’s courting of Rep. Ben Chandler fizzled.
This begs the question: Will Luallen discuss whether or not she plans to run for federal office in 2008?
We spoke with an official from Luallen’s office about that (after working hours, of course) who would confirm only that she is running for Auditor. The individual wouldn’t confirm or deny plans for 2008 or whether or not she had met with Schumer, only admitting that the Auditor was in Washington, D.C. recently for a fundraiser with Reps. Chandler and Yarmuth.
Voters do need to know what Auditor Luallen’s intentions are because she’s running for a constitutional term that will begin around the same time she’d need to jump into the Senate race. That’s no reason to fault anyone, though, considering it’s probably necessary for those looking at the Senate race to start planning now. We just think it’s a good idea to be as up front as possible with the electorate.
The unofficial non-denial denial we got is good enough for the time being. In our opinion it means she’s considering the race against McConnell and also means she’s met with Schumer to discuss it. Otherwise we’d hear a flat “no” in response to the inquiry. (As far as we know the only people who meet with Chuck Schumer this time of year are those he wants to run for the United States Senate. Take Claire McCaskill of Missouri, for instance. He recruited her in a similar manner last cycle.)