Webb will decide on re-election by April
The speculation continues to mount about the future of Senator Jim Webb. The one term Senator is up for re-election in 2012 and there are already people lining up to take a crack at his seat. Publicly, Webb has been dismissive about his future, leaving open the door that he may not run. Today in a one on one interview in Washington, Webb said he is moving closer to a decision and will be in or out by the end of the first quarter.
‘This is a very deliberative process, not only for me, but my family too,” said Webb. “And we are talking about 8 years here, not just two.”
It is a different world for Webb who surprised the political world when he upset George Allen, who is of course
widely expected to mount a rematch effort. Webb was literally drafted into the when he ran the first time.
“I announced literally 9 months to the day before the election, I had no money, no campaign staff, I just decided I was going to jump in and run,” he said. Webb is a noted policy wonk, who loves debating the issues but isn’t as much of a fan of the public aspects of serving. While he admits its the work of being a Senator that he enjoys, he told me that the perception that he doesn’t “like” campaigning is not true.
“It’s not that I dislike campaigning,” Webb said. “I think people up here need to govern and we need more people up here that want to solve problems.”
We will know in 3 months if Webb plans on continuing to be one of those people trying to solve problems.
An extended clip of my interview with Senator Webb can be seen below: