Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “has privately encouraged Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine to launch a bid for the Senate seat soon to be vacated by retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.),” Democratic sources tell the Huffington Post.
The DNC chairman and former Virginia governor is already scheduled to have talks with President Barack Obama about leaving his current post and making a run for Congress. But the talks with Reid suggest that the private push to get him into the race is farther along than previously reported.
That said, Kaine is some time away from making up his mind, according to several Democratic sources familiar with his thinking. He has not "embraced it yet," said one Democrat. "He needs time to think about it."