Earlier this week, Jack Fitzpatrick of the National Journal reported that Dent had said, “I’m preparing as if I’m running for reelection right now. But we’ll see what happens. The next two months are going to be pretty intense.”
The article’s premise was that some Republican Congressmen are so upset with the current state of the party that they’re considering retirement depending upon the outcome of the speaker’s race.
However, Dent later told Laura Olson of the Morning Call that he had been speaking generally on the behalf of other legislators, not his personal plans.
“My plan is to run and we’re putting together a team and an organization and getting ready to roll,” he clarified.
The Congressman is among many representatives who’ve pushed for Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan to be the next Speaker of the House under the belief that he is the only one can heal the divisions within the party.
“It will be a tough couple of months around here, but that’s what we get paid to do,” Rep. Dent concluded.
Thus far, there have been no public challengers to Dent’s seat and his latest finance report stated that he has $1.1 million on hand for his re-election campaign.