Kevin Woster at the Rapid City Journal wrote an interesting article where he interviews former Governor Rounds about the possibility of a 2014 Senate run.
Ask Mike Rounds what his campaign plans are for 2012 and he takes the coy road.
?None that I know of,? the former governor says. ?I?m a businessman these days.?
The dodge takes a different turn when you ask about 2014, however.
?Oh, you never know,? Rounds says.
Rounds is right, of course. We don?t know what he?ll be doing when the 2014 campaign cycle rolls around. But we do know that Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson will be up for re-election, should the three-term senator decide to try for four.
Woster discusses this idea with Northern State University professor Jon Shaff.
And Rounds? He?s a threat at any level of political campaign in South Dakota. And the fact that he has a new political action committee ? named the Peter Norbeck PAC ? leads some to believe he?s more than a little likely to make a run
for something in a few years.
?I think the creation of a PAC is an indication that Rounds is looking at doing something in 2014,? says John Schaff, a political science professor at Northern State University in Aberdeen. ?It doesn?t take much imagination to guess that he has his eyes on the Johnson Senate seat.?
So what do you think? Are we going to see Mike Rounds return to politics? How formidable do you think he would be?