Talk host Ed Schultz won’t run for SenateMSNBC personality Ed Schultz says he won’t run for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, a day after he discussed a possible candidacy on the network. The former Fargo radio talk show host appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show Thursday, and said he is not running for the Senate.
By: Herald Staff and Wire Report,
WASHINGTON — MSNBC personality Ed Schultz says he won’t run for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, a day after he discussed a possible candidacy on the network.
The former Fargo radio talk show host appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show Thursday, and said he is not running for the Senate.
Incumbent Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan is not running for re-election. The news prompted the North Dakota House’s Democratic leader to ask Schultz earlier this week if he’d consider running. Schultz talked about the prospect Wednesday on his MSNBC show.
Earlier Thursday, Dorgan told the Herald he didn’t expect Schultz would be the Democratic nominee to fill the Senate seat he’ll vacate in 2010.
“My own impression is that Ed Schultz enjoys the speculation, but I don’t think Ed’s going to run for the Senate,” Dorgan said.
North Dakota House Minority Leader Merle Boucher began lobbying Schultz to run for the newly open Senate seat Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after Dorgan’s surprise announcement that he would not seek a fourth term.
Schultz first ruled out a run Tuesday morning on “The Ed Show,” his political talk show on MSNBC. He later backpedaled after learning he does meet the Senate’s residency requirements despite living primarily in New York City and Detroit Lakes, Minn.
“The fact is, Ed Schultz is a big personality with a lot of strong ideas, and if he ever did decide to run for something, I think it would be a mighty interesting race,” Dorgan said Thursday. “But I don’t expect Ed Schultz to be our candidate for the Senate.”
Dorgan said he’s discussed a number of potential candidates with North Dakota Democratic leaders, but declined to give any names.
Early speculation has focused on former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, her brother Joel, a radio host and former state legislator from Hankinson, N.D., and Cass County State’s Attorney Birch Burdick, among others. U.S. Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., has said he’ll run for re-election to his House seat rather than trying to move up to the Senate.
Also Thursday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent a letter to the network Thursday, saying MSNBC could be making illegal corporate contributions to Schultz’s campaign if he kept talking about running.
Joe Marks, a former Herald reporter who lives in Washington D.C., contributed to this report.