Lampson Coy About Which Texas Seat He May Seek

Posted July 28, 2011 at 6:24pm

Former Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Texas) confirmed Thursday that he’s looking at running for retiring Rep. Ron Paul’s (R) seat — but that might not be the only office he’s considering.

Lampson said in an interview that he’s received a great deal of encouragement since he told reporters of his interest in the seat earlier this month, but he added: “I would look at two different things if I ran for Congress.”

Lampson said Paul’s 14th House district is one option but declined to say which other seat he’s considering. When questioned about running for retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s (R) seat, Lampson also demurred.

“A lot of things intrigue me, but I’m not going to say right now,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Pasadena Mayor John Manlove (R) confirmed he’s interested in running for Congress again in one of two open House seats next year.

Manlove said he’ll make a decision whether to run in the 14th district or the newly created 36th district in the next 30 days. He has homes in both districts.

“It’s preliminary,” Manlove told Roll Call. “I have some folks who want to meet with me next week out of D.C. to discuss it. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Manlove unsuccessfully ran in the 22nd district in 2008.