Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) says he's leaning against a Senate bid in 2012, but he still won't rule it out.
Jordan, the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), is still weighing a challenge to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), but as of now, he's "leaning against it."
In an interview with The Hill, Jordan said, “I’ve got the RSC and that’s going to be my focus. The work with RSC, the work I’m going to be doing for Chairman [Darrell] Issa [R-Calif.] on the Oversight Committee is going to keep me busy."
Jordan is a subcommittee chairman on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
There will be no shortage of candidates in next year's Senate primary given that Brown is seen as a top GOP target, but compared to other 2012 Senate contests, the race has been slow to develop on the Republican side.
Jordan has a proven record of winning tough GOP primaries, starting in his first election in 1994, to be a state representative, followed by a bid for state Senate in 2000 and then for his 4th district seat six years later.
Asked when he would make his final decision, the husband and father of four replied that he needs to consult his wife and family.
"I don’t know. I’ve got to talk to Polly and see what she says," Jordan explained.
Despite Jordan's early posture on the Senate race, GOP media strategist Rex Elsass, who has worked Jordan's previous races, warns that it's still far too early to assume anyone is out of the game in 2012.
"I wouldn't count anyone out of the race at this point, no matter what they're saying," said Elsass, who thinks Jordan is still near the top of the list of potential Senate candidates next year.
— Shane D'Aprile contributed.