“He would have preferred a political career,” the interview notes. Indeed, at 28, Matthews was unsuccessful in his attempt to represent Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Years later, in 2009, “the hankering was still there,” as Matthews considered making a bid for Arlen Specter‘s Senate seat, eventually deciding against it.
To keep his show, Hardball, and explore a political career, the interview adds, “smacked too much of conflicting interests.” And now, those aspirations are no more. But Matthews speaks confidently about what could have been:
“I know this: If I had run and won and beaten [Senator Pat] Toomey, I would be one of the Democrats people talk about today. I’m not dreaming here. I would be one of the stars of the Democratic Party—there aren’t that many. My agenda now is to do what I’m doing, which…if you’ll notice, I like.”
Oh, we’ve noticed.
(H/T Washington Examiner)
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