A potential Democratic recruit in Pennsylvania is waiting to see whether former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) opts to run again before deciding on a House bid.
Sestak left his 7th district House seat to make an unsuccessful bid for Senate last cycle. Republican Pat Meehan subsequently won the open-seat race.
Now, Jack Stollsteimer says he's being wooed to run, but is waiting to see if Sestak decides to run again before jumping into the race for the nomination.
"For me, the most important consideration is what's good for my family. Second, whether or not Congressman Joe Sestak, whom I strongly support, is going to run," he told the website PoliticsPA. "He gives our party the best opportunity to put this seat in the Democratic column and move toward the majority."
Stollsteimer indicated he's been approached by Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, about running and had met with Rep. Allyson Schwartz (Pa.), who is leading the party's recruiting effort.
"I’m flattered by that. As part of that process, they asked me to meet with Allyson Schwartz and Steve Israel," said Stollsteimer. "At this point, it’s very early in the process, but I’m going to give the race serious consideration."
Israel has been actively recruiting former members to run for their seats and there are signs Sestak might be interested.
But if Stollsteimer runs, the match-up would be noteworthy because he twice served as Meehan's spokesman before he ran for Congress last year.
"Pat and I have been friends, and I know he's a good man, but I have serious problems with what he’s already done as our Congressman," Stollsteimer said. "He's a company man. He’s voted purely along Republican leadership lines. I think we need an independent thinker in Washington."
--Updated at 5:54 p.m.