By Alexander Bolton - 11/07/12 07:21 PM EST
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), one of Mitt Romney’s closest allies in the past year, is considering a bid for the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
If Portman decides to pursue the post, it sets up a leadership race with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who has been quietly lobbying his colleagues for the job.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) reportedly wanted rising-star freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to take over the NRSC, but Rubio is not interested.
A source close to Rubio said it is not likely that Rubio will make a play to succeed outgoing NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is running to become Senate Republican whip.