Porter a “No” on Nevada Senate Run

Posted June 18, 2009 at 11:28am
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Former Republican Rep. Jon Porter has now silenced any lingering speculation that he might challenge Nevada Sen. Harry Reid in 2010. Asked flat out if he was considering running for Senate against the Majority Leader, Porter replied Thursday with a flat-out “No.”

Porter, who lost his 3rd District House seat in a tight 2008 race against Democrat Dina Titus , has been touted off and on as a top Republican prospect to take on Reid, whose has shaky approval ratings back home.  

But many political observers crossed him off the list of potential challengers when he joined the government affairs practice of the law firm Akerman Senterfitt. Porter is serving in an advisory role as director of public policy for the firm; he is barred from lobbying his former colleagues on legislative matters for one year under congressional ethics rules.