John Dingell confirms wife Debbie eyeing Senate run in Michigan

Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the dean of the House of Representatives, told The Hill on Wednesday that his wife, Debbie, is considering running for Senate.

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Dingell's comments mark the first time anyone close to Debbie Dingell has openly said she is weighing a Senate bid, though she's been actively laying the groundwork for a campaign. Sources close to Debbie Dingell have discussed her as a potential candidate for a few weeks.

"She's getting lots of offers of support and some of them are from folks who are fairly high-placed in the system. She's also getting a lot of support from ordinary citizens. She is at this time making up her mind," Dingell told The Hill.

Debbie Dingell, a Democratic National Committee member and former government affairs executive for General Motors, has long been a major behind-the-scenes power player in the Michigan's Democratic Party. 

After Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) announced his retirement last month, Debbie Dingell began looking at a campaign to replace him. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) is also considering seeking the Democratic nomination. Some allies of Debbie Dingell have Peters moved to fast to declare his interest. 

John Dingell, the long-serving House member in history, said he didn't fault Peters for voicing interest in the seat.

"I have no criticism of him for that. And Debbie has come forward with no criticism of him at all," he said.

John Dingell also declined to speculate on whether his wife and Peters might face off in a primary. 

"I don't know," he said. "Debbie hasn't made up her mind yet, and until that event occurs you and I will have to speculate on anything beyond that."

This post was updated at 9:20 p.m.