By Cameron Joseph - 08/09/13 01:14 PM EDT
Reichert said he would consider taking on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who will face reelection in 2016, or Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), whose term ends at the same time.
The centrist congressman has long been seen as a possible top recruit for Republicans in the state — he held a Democratic-leaning seat outside Seattle for years, and while redistricting has made his seat safer, he's still likely the strongest-positioned elected official in the GOP to give his party a chance in the state.
While Washington leans Democratic at the federal level, its gubernatorial races are notoriously hard-fought and have come down to the wire the last three elections, and Murray faced a tough challenge in 2010.