Congress may not have seen the last of Robert L. Barr Jr.
The colorful and conservative ex-congressman, who was defeated last year in Georgia's Republican primary, is considering running for either the Senate or, more likely, the House.
"I'm taking a very close and hard look at it," Barr told the Associated Press. "I hope to make a decision with family very shortly." He is believed to be leaning toward running in the state's 6th Congressional District, a mostly Republican area just north of Atlanta. The occupant, Rep. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), plans to run for the Senate in 2004.
Barr rode the Republican wave to Congress in 1994, where he eventually made a name for himself through his efforts to oust President Bill Clinton. He was defeated last year by his colleague, Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.), in a contest largely orchestrated by state Democrats. Since then, Barr has worked for, among other groups, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Conservative Union and CNN.
Kucinich Considers Running
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is considering joining the apparently still growing field of Democratic presidential candidates.
"Thousands of people all over the country are giving him encouragement to run," spokesman Doug Gordon said. "Right now, he's just listening to those people."
Gordon declined to comment directly on one news report suggesting the four-term House member will have a "major announcement" this month, when he travels to Iowa.
"Stay tuned," Gordon said.
Kucinich, who was called the "boy mayor" of Cleveland when he was elected at age 31, has since become best known, perhaps, for supporting labor, pushing to create a cabinet-level Department of Peace and criticizing the Bush administration's handling of the situation in Iraq. If he enters the 2004 race, he would likely run to the left of most, if not all, of the six Democratic candidates who have declared their presidential aspirations.
Among the others still considering a run: Sens. Bob Graham (Fla.), Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) and Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.), former senators Gary Hart (Colo.) and Carol Moseley-Braun (Ill.) and retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark.
Condit Keeps Money in Family
Former representative Gary Condit (D-Calif.) is keeping his campaign money in the family.
Late last year, Condit dipped into his "Keep California Golden" political account to give his son Chad $80,000 and his daughter Candee $67,500, according to the nonpartisan PoliticalMoneyLine. Donors to Condit's "Keep California Golden" account were told in 2001 that money would go to ballot measures and state candidates Condit supported.
"What's 'The Running Man' going to do when another candidate's young staffer -- who makes maybe $1,500 a month and bunks in somebody's basement -- is quoted making a crack about Schwarzenegger's spotty record of voting? Sue him for $20 million?" -- Garry South, a former aide to California Gov. Gray Davis, in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on actor and possible gubernatorial candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger's supposed "thin skin."
Staff writer Jim VandeHei contributed to this report.