Chris Matthews won't run for Senate

The MSNBC host flirted with the idea of a campaign in his home state, but ultimately decided against it.


Alex Koppelman
January 8, 2009 11:15PM (UTC)

Rest easy, Pennsylvanians -- Chris Matthews won't be your next senator after all.

The MSNBC host had explored the idea of running as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010, and had even met with state party leaders and attended politically important events, but ultimately decided against a campaign. Matthews told his staff of his decision on Wednesday night, the New York Times reports.

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Some people within the network had previously speculated that his public flirtation with the idea was really just a ploy in contract negotiations. And, in fact, his position is now better than it was -- but he'll still ultimately make less than in-house rival Keith Olbermann, which probably smarts a bit.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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