North Dakota Democrats are actively pursuing liberal MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz as a candidate to replace Sen. Byron Dorgan, who announced Tuesday he would not seek reelection.
State House Minority Leader Merle Boucher told POLITICO he made an official overture to Schultz late Tuesday night about launching a campaign and said he believes the TV commentator is “intrigued by the idea.”
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“We have to find someone that has a high profile and a national fundraising base, and I can’t think of anyone better than Ed Schultz in that regard,” said Boucher. “He certainly didn’t say no to me by any means,” he added.
Dorgan’s retirement announcement took state Democrats by surprise and immediately sent party leaders scrambling for a viable opponent to take on likely Republican candidate Gov. John Hoeven. Hoeven, who led Dorgan by double digits in public polls this fall, is expected to announce his candidacy within weeks.
“Very few people have the resources and the backing to take on John Hoeven, and Ed has taken on John Hoeven before on his radio show. I don’t think anyone knows John Hoeven and his record better than Ed Schultz,” said Boucher.
Read More: By DAVID CATANESE, Politico