GOP rep to potential Senate rival: Don't run

GOP rep to potential Senate rival: Don't run
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Rep. Todd RokitaTheodore (Todd) Edward RokitaLobbying world Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations House passes year-end tax package MORE (R-Ind.), who is eyeing a bid for Senate in 2018, called on his top primary rival and fellow congressman to skip a Senate bid of his own in an interview published Thursday. 

Speaking to Brian Howey's Howey Politics, a major political blog in Indiana, Rokita said that he thinks that it would be smarter for Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE to stay in Congress and keep advancing through House leadership. 
 
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"Hopefully Luke doesn’t run because that’s exactly right. ... He has a terrific pathway to help the state of Indiana. He could be majority leader, he could be Speaker. That’s not a path I’m on," Rokita said
 
“The way I’m looking at this, how can you best help Indiana?  What can you best do? If I’m going to leave a 7-year-old, a 9-year-old and my beautiful, talented wife every week, how can I add the most value?”
 
Rokita and Messer are considered the top two potential Republican recruits to challenge Democratic Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE. Both men have considerable campaign funds ready for a potential bid, so a decision by either to forgo a potentially expensive primary battle would boost the GOP's chances in the general election. 
 
Messer currently serves as the House GOP policy chairman, a powerful position for a third-term congressman as a part of House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas MORE's (R-Wis.) leadership team.