Last night over at Politico, David Catanese wrote that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been dropping hints that he would not run for the seat being left open by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI):
Rep. Paul Ryan is reaching out to potential Senate candidates in Wisconsin, informing them he’s unlikely to run for Herb Kohl’s seat next year, according to two sources familiar with the conversations.
The House Budget Committee chairman, who was in Chicago Monday defending his polarizing debt reduction plan in front of the city’s Economic Club, told one prospective candidate he was “leaning heavily against a run,” an adviser confirmed to POLITICO.
Another consultant said that the congressman conveyed he was “95 percent sure” he would not enter the race for the open seat.
Ryan confirmed this morning that he wouldn’t run:
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will not run for Senate next year.
“Our nation is quickly approaching a debt crisis that will do serious damage to Wisconsinites and all Americans if it is not properly addressed,” Ryan said Tuesday morning. “I believe continuing to serve as Chairman of the House Budget Committee allows me to have a greater impact in averting this debt-fueled economic crisis than if I were to run for the United States Senate.”
Ryan’s name immediately came up in discussions about the seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D). Ryan has risen to national prominence in the past few months as the face of House Republicans’ budget plans. Both Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) spoke with Ryan about a bid.