Reports are circulating that Herseth-Sandlin is meeting with the DCCC again – stirring rumors that she may in fact have interest in running for congress immediately rather than waiting this cycle out in favor of the likely available 2014 senate seat.
Coincidently, this is happening simultaneously with Steve Hildebrand?s ?Draft Varilek movement.? You will remember last cycle Hildebrand spoke openly about his
desire to challenge Herseth-Sandlin himself before he chose to support the potential candidacy of Kevin Weiland which never materialized. (Hildebrand has been discouraged by Herseth?s voting record especially since she publicly supported a ban on gay marriage and voted against Obamacare .) Hildebrand has reportedly stated that Varilek is the most progressive candidate he has ever worked with. Now with these alleged reports that Herseth-Sandlin has held a second meeting with the DCCC, Hildebrand may realize that her entrance into the 2012 cycle is a very real possibility.
Making all of this even more interesting, Brendan Johnson?s in-laws are serving as co finance chairs for the Varilek movement. It hasn?t been the best kept secret that the Johnson and Herseth-Sandlin camps aren’t particularly close since Senator Johnson chose to run for reelection following his brain aneurism.
As we sit and wait for this to play out in anticipation of Herseth-Sandlin?s rematch with Kristi Noem, we may instead witness Herseth-Sandlin first competing in a primary before she can become the democratic nominee.