Allen and Ford Unclear About Future But Unlikely for '08
Virginia: The Virginian-Pilot and the Richmond Times-Dispatch have former-Senator-to-be George Allen taking blame for his recent loss and noting that "he has been approached with exciting job options in the private sector." Whether he'd be up for a run in 2008 if John Warner retires is still unclear.
Tennessee: Similarly cagey, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has U.S. Rep. Harold Ford saying he has no plans to challenge incumbent Lamar Alexander in 2008, but isn't ruling anything out:
Outgoing U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., DTenn., on Thursday dismissed a news account that quoted him as saying he probably would run for the U.S. Senate again in two years.Swing State Project is running part two of its Senate Recruitment Threads. Take a look and offer your suggestions!
"I have no plans to run for political office in two years," Rep. Ford said. ...
Tennessee Democrats have said they hope Rep. Ford, 36, will seek statewide office again at some point. If he ran for the Senate in 2008, he would be expected to face incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who has indicated he intends to seek re-election.
"I won’t ever stop working to make Tennessee and America safer and better," Rep. Ford said in a prepared statement. "The world is stronger and inspired when America leads. For the past six years, our nation’s foreign policy has weakened us and made the world less safe."