Scott sticking to timeline, will announce 2012 plans July 1st
A interesting change to a website popped up on today, causing a faint ripple in the clam that is the summer before the 2012 election. Rep. Bobby Scott, who is still mulling a run for the U.S. Senate, made a few changes to his campaign web site. Those changes doesn’t exactly say what office he plans to run for next year.
The site: http://www.bobbyscottforcongress.com/ would indicate that he is running for re-election. But the content on the page doesn’t say a thing about his plans to run for re-election to his seat in the Third District or for that matter any intention to seek the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Now, before we get to far ahead of ourselves, the Third District as it currently exists, could change depending on the outcome of redistricting legislation in Virginia’s General Assembly. Senate Democrats are pushing for a second majority-minority district like the one Scott currently represents. That alone could be enough to prevent Scott’s campaign staff from going full board on getting his web site ready for a re-election campaign.
That didn’t stop an anonymous group encouraging Scott to get in the race for Senate to alert members of the media to the new development. Which amounts to a new banner that simply says “Bobby Scott 2012, Together Let’s build a Better Future for America”
Scott told me back in April that he would make a final decision on his plans for 2012 in early July. Today his staff told me his plans have not changed.
“Early July is when the Congressman will announce his plans regarding the Senate,” said David Dailey the interim Press Secretary for Rep. Scott.
Dailey said Scott could reveal his intentions as soon as July 1st.
Few insiders believe Scott will actually take the leap of challenging the former governor and D.N.C Chairman Tim Kaine in a democratic primary. However, Scott seems willing to keep the potential of him running out there.
Kaine already has one announced candidate, Courtney Jones, a leadership consultant from Fairfax County has announced her intention to run.
If there is a contested race, the primary will take place June 12, 2012. The Republican primary will also be held that day. Currently there are four announced candidates on the GOP side.