Two former aides “to former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) are seriously considering running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D), and the head of the state’s Democratic Party believes they will both take the next step toward entering the race in the near future,” Hotline On Call reports.
Pam Gulleson, who has served as state director and chief of staff to Dorgan and a state rep., is giving the race a close look.
"I’m certainly giving it full consideration. I’m visiting with party leaders," said Gulleson. "I think it would be premature to say that I was getting ready to form an exploratory committee at this moment, but I am certainly doing a lot of discussion and looking at it."
"Internally, I’d like to make this decision by early summer. I’m thinking June, July," she said.
Another former Dorgan aide, Kristin Hedger, is also considering a run.
"I do have a great interest in public service and the United States Senate in particular," said Hedger, who worked for Dorgan on the Democratic Policy Committee and ran for Secretary of State in 2006, but lost in the general election. She now works in the manufacturing industry.
"I haven’t set a firm, fixed time-line," Hedger said.
But North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party Chairman Mark Schneider said he expects announcements from the two in "weeks rather than months."