Even before Jim Neal outed himself, Kay Hagan was looking at getting back in the U.S. Senate race. Now she’s getting more encouragement – from home and from Washington. Hagan, a state senator from Greensboro, had looked at running earlier. She pulled back because Senator Charles Schumer from New York, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was intent on recruiting Grier Martin. Martin eventually opted out.
Now Hagan is reconsidering. She’s being wooed by North Carolina Democrats – and by Schumer. The garrulous New Yorker’s first task was to eat crow with Hagan.
As I said in my comment at the Dome: It's sad to see all the power elite getting uppity when they don't get to hand pick their "boy" in North Carolina. Kay had every chance in the world to make this run months ago. She passed. Now it appears that the only real question is how much it takes to buy the reluctant candidate? From where I sit, the DSCC's track record in North Carolina doesn't even rise to the level of pathetic.
More to the point, it sounds like Pearce himself is engaged in some convenient revisionist history about what Hagan was or wasn't thinking before Neal declared his candidacy.
Don't get me wrong. Kay Hagan is a good woman and I have nothing against her. But if she enters this race, one thing will be clear: she's running against Jim Neal, not Liddy Dole.