Inglis followed much the same course when he left the House after three terms because of his own term-limits pledge and pursued a Senate bid against Hollings in 1998.
Hollings won that race 53 percent to 46 percent. Inglis hamstrung himself by refusing to accept political action committee money, which led to Hollings outspending him by nearly $3 million.
Inglis has said he will not limit his terms if he wins his old seat back.
The Up Country 4th district is the most Republican in the state and would have given President Bush 64 percent of the vote in the 2000 election.
Signs of a Campbell Bid:New Consultants, Truck
Two clues that Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R) is planning to seek re-election in 2004:
First, the two-term Senator was quoted in Wednesday’s Denver Post saying that he has hired new consultants to help him raise money. The consulting firm is run by Colorado Republican operatives Cinamon Watson and Sean Tonner. Both were top strategists in Gov. Bill Owens’ (R) re-election campaign last year, Tonner serving as campaign manager, Watson as chief spokeswoman. Tonner is also a former deputy chief of staff to Owens.
Equally significant, Campbell told the Post that he has a new Freightliner truck, which he intends to use for parades and campaign appearances. The truck, with sleeping room for four, will debut in a parade in Durango on Jan. 31.
— Josh Kurtz
State Senator Is First To Seek Gephardt’s Seat
After stepping down from his leadership post and officially entering the presidential race, Rep. Richard Gephardt (D) has announced that he will not seek re-election to his 3rd district seat.
Gephardt’s decision means that the suburban St. Louis district will have a new Member of Congress in 2004 for the first time in 28 years.
Already state Sen. Steve Stoll (D) has announced his candidacy and is seen as the anointed choice of Gephardt’s state political machine.
Stoll has served in the state Senate since 1998 and won re-election in 2002 with 58 percent. He represents a portion of Jefferson County, which takes in much of the St. Louis suburbs.
It remains unclear whether Republicans will contest this Democratic-leaning seat.
"Certainly the potential exists for a Republican to take that seat in Congress," said National Republican Congressional Committee Communications Director Steve Schmidt.
Gephardt won re-election regularly, but he rarely topped 60 percent of the vote. Bush would have received 43 percent of the vote in the district in the 2000 presidential race.
Weird Science: Masullo Makes GOP Senate Bid
Scientist Miriam Masullo (R) is the first declared candidate for the seat currently held by Sen. Chris Dodd (D).
Citing an "equality platform for the 21st century," Masullo outlined a platform built on public school choice, elimination of the federal income tax and curtailing federal spending.
In 2002, Masullo ran for the GOP nomination in the heavily Democratic 1st district. She was defeated by Phil Steele 64 percent to 36 percent in the Republican primary despite the fact that she had won her party’s endorsement at a July convention.
Steele went on to lose to Rep. John Larson (D) 67 percent to 33 percent. Masullo ran as a write-in candidate in the general election.