Matthews taking Senate run seriously

MATTHEWS TAKING SENATE RUN SERIOUSLY…. The LA Times reported the other day that Chris Matthews, the MSNBC “Hardball” host and a former Capitol Hill Democratic staffer, sat down with Democratic leaders in Pennsylvania earlier this week to “discuss the prospect” of a Senate campaign.

This has been the subject of speculation for months — Matthews even conceded interest during a “Colbert Report” appearance a few months ago — and FiveThirtyEight reports that the MSNBC host appears to be increasingly serious about challenging Sen. Arlen Specter (R) in 2010.

Chris Matthews, it appears, is in.

FiveThirtyEight has been hearing for some time that Matthews is serious about running for the United States Senate, but it took a trip to Georgia among the Georgia-runoff-congregated and well-connected Obama organizer throng to confirm.

According to multiple sources, who confirmed the Tip O’Neill staffer-cum-MSNBC host has negotiated with veteran Obama staffers to enlist in his campaign, Chris Matthews is likely to run for United States Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010. Matthews, 62, would run as a Democrat. Arlen Specter, the aging Republican incumbent, will be 80 if he chooses to run for re-election.

If Matthews runs, it’s safe to assume he would have some serious competition for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Reps. Allyson Schwartz and Joe Sestak, and state Rep. Josh Shapiro, have all expressed interest in the race, and the field may grow given the fact that Specter is considered one of the Republicans’ more vulnerable incumbents.

As for Matthews’ chances, your guess is as good as mine. I glanced through Media Matters’ recent hits on Matthews’ on-air comments, and it’s safe to assume the MSNBC host would have a lot of explaining to do before Pennsylvania Democrats gave him the nod.