Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has no interest in running for Senate, according to a senior adviser, removing a big name from California Republicans' recruitment list as they hope to compete for retiring Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Boxer25 years after court gutted rule, EPA could finally ban asbestos Everything you need to know about the National Guard's bonus controversy Lawmakers praise bonus-clawback suspension, pledge permanent fix MORE's (D-Calif.) seat.
Republicans began bandying around Rice's name as a dream candidate shortly after Boxer announced her retirement plans Thursday morning. But Rice, who's working as a professor at Stanford and a Hoover Institute fellow, has shown no interest in running for office either in California or nationally over the years despite topping GOP wish lists for a number of races. She's also rumored to be a candidate to run the University of Texas system.
Rice isn't the first Republican to remove her name from consideration. Sources close to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told The Hill earlier on Thursday that he has no interest in a run.
Republicans nationally and in California privately admit that it's unlikely they'll be able to mount a serious challenge for Boxer's seat, while Democrats are bracing for what could be a crowded and expensive primary campaign with a number of potential top-tier candidates.