Al Franken went from a TV gig to a radio gig to the US Senate, and now Ed Schultz is being asked to go from radio and cable to the Senate. He would be attempting to hold the seat of retiring Byron Dorgan (D-ND) for the Democratic Party. He hasn’t said no, but he hasn’t said yes either.
Schultz did confirm that prominent North Dakota Democrat Merle Boucher officially asked him to consider a run. And he thinks his likely rival, former ND Republican Governor John Hoeven, can be defeated.
However, he is also very happy with his current jobs with Jones Radio Network and MSNBC, which he would have to give up while running for the office. And although he used to live and broadcast out of Fargo ND, he hasn’t lived in the state for some time.
At least one prominent observer, Dorgan himself, has suggested that Schultz ultimately will decline the invitation.
A group called Democrats.com is mounting a campaign to draft Schultz. In an email blast seeking supporters, they wrote, “Dorgan will be difficult to replace, but there’s one outstanding candidate who can do it: Ed Schultz, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC. Ed Schultz has made his career fighting for average Americans. He adamantly refuses to cater to the Washington Elite – either Republicans or Democrats. He simply fights for what’s right, and does it with passion. Let’s draft Ed Schultz for Senate!”