MA-Sen: Former Gov. Bill Weld, last seen trying to run for Governor of New York, said he wouldn’t rule out a bid for John Kerry’s Senate seat (which he ran for in ’96), but would defer to Scott Brown. Brown is likely to have $150-200K left in his campaign coffers when all his 2012 bills are paid.
SC-Sen: Expect Gov. Nikki Haley to make a pick this week. While a placeholder who wouldn’t run in the 2014 special election is still a possibility, Haley’s camp confirmed that she won’t run for the seat and will seek re-election as Governor.
FL-Gov: Charlie Crist officially became a Democrat last week (surprise!) and is “considering” a run for governor (more surprise!). The state GOP sent out some nice licking-our-chops press releases, but must first consider whether Gov. Scott should be allowed a free pass to the nomination.
NJ-Gov: Cory Booker (D) is delaying his announcement that he won’t run for governor by a few weeks. More intriguingly, he’s also considering a run for Senate, where he could push Frank Lautenberg into retirement, voluntary or otherwise.
PA-Gov: Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who is in leadership and is in line to take over the Budget Committee if Democrats take over the House at some point, may be shifting her focus to a run for Governor. Schwartz recently hired the state party’s finance director as her own, which set off chatter among the state’s politicos.
SC-Gov: St. Sen. Jake Knotts (R), who lost last month to a more conservative Republican who petitioned her way onto the ballot, might run for governor. Beware: the only source on this is Fits News, which has whiffed on some major SC news in recent years.