"Depending on what job I get may determine whether I look at this again — if I get a job down here [in Washington, D.C.], or if I get one back in the district. That's a big factor," Critz said then.
The source close to Critz said his ability to take a job in-district makes him more likely to run, but cautioned that he hasn't made any decisions yet.
The coal-heavy, culturally conservative region has trended away from Democrats in recent years due to dislike of Obama and his policies, but other Democrats like Bill and Hillary Clinton remain immensely popular in the area. If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016 that could help Democrats' prospects, and could give Critz reason to wait another election cycle before running again.
"He's still going to take some time and evaluate it," the source said."Obviously, it's a tough district for the president. There's a lot of political calculus that needs to be done."