"Depending on what job I get may determine whether I look at this again — if I get a job down here [in Washington, D.C.], or if I get one back in the district. That's a big factor," Critz said then.


Critz, who narrowly lost his reelection bid in 2012, would likely be Democrats' best chance at winning back the GOP-leaning district. He lost to Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) by four percentage points, even as Mitt Romney was carrying the district by 17 points, and is well-known in the area, having spent years as a top staffer for former Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.).

The source close to Critz said his ability to take a job in-district makes him more likely to run, but cautioned that he hasn't made any decisions yet.

The coal-heavy, culturally conservative region has trended away from Democrats in recent years due to dislike of Obama and his policies, but other Democrats like Bill and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Biden-Abrams ticket would be a genius media move Assange lawyer says he's declined to cooperate with Nadler's document requests MORE remain immensely popular in the area. If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016 that could help Democrats' prospects, and could give Critz reason to wait another election cycle before running again.

"He's still going to take some time and evaluate it," the source said."Obviously, it's a tough district for the president. There's a lot of political calculus that needs to be done."