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August 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Reichert again considering run for statewide office

Updated at 6:50 p.m. with a comment from a Reichert spokeswoman.

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert is apparently again thinking about running for statewide office.

Reichert, a former King County Sheriff and fifth-term Republican representative in the 8th Congressional District, said in a Thursday interview with C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News that he is considering running for governor or U.S. Senate in 2016.

“I’m thinking about all those options,” he said. “I still feel like I’m young and energetic. And, you know, we’ll see how Mr. (Gov. Jay) Inslee does, and if he continues on the path that he is, it doesn’t look too good for him. So I’ll keep an eye on that. And who knows what Patty Murray does in the next year or two?”

Reichert, 62, is a popular politician who represents a safe Republican seat. He has toyed with running for statewide office in the past.

In the run-up to the 2012 election, he for months remained coy about possibly challenging U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell before ultimately seeking re-election.

Reichert spokeswoman Leighanna Driftmier said that “the congressman is focused on serving the 8th District of Washington right now. That’s his top priority.”

“But,” Driftmier said, “of course he does consider all opportunities as they come.”

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