HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews may be considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2010, a Pennsylvania Democratic party leader says.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported that Matthews met with state party leaders this past week in Washington to discuss a possible bid to unseat Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

Party official Mary Isenhour said she left the meeting feeling that Matthews still hadn’t made up his mind.

The 62-year-old Matthews hosts MSNBC’s “Hardball” and provides political commentary on NBC’s “Today.” His contract with MSNBC expires in June.

Matthews, a Philadelphia native, ran unsuccessfully for a Pennsylvania congressional seat in 1974.

Specter, the longest-serving senator in Pennsylvania history, has repeatedly said he is seeking re-election. He would be 80 if he wins again.

There was no immediate comment from Matthews on Saturday. A reliable home telephone number could not be located and a representative of MSNBC did not immediately return a call.



Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews

AP-ES-11-29-08 1617EST


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