Today, Hughes confirmed his interest in an interview with Josh Kruger of Philadelphia Weekly.
“How should I say this?,” Hughes responded after being asked about the web domains. “The U.S. Senate is one of the most powerful places to govern from in the world. The idea of being a U.S. senator has probably been on the mind of every elected official from city councilperson to township commissioner. It’s been on my mind; it’s something we think about every once in a while. Most importantly, a very progressive agenda has to be espoused in that Senate race leading up to challenging Sen. Toomey, assuming that he runs for reelection. We made a decision to hold onto that domain name in contemplation of that move—should we decide to make it.”
Hughes went on to argue that whether or not he runs, he wants a progressive Democratic candidate.
“Somebody from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party,” Hughes told Kruger. “I’ve never met her, but I sure like what she stands for. We need to be talking about those kinds of issues, those kinds of values. We cannot reclaim this country by piecemeal progress. We need a ‘Marshall Plan’ for this country to turn this nation around.”
In addition to Sestak and Hughes, former Congressman Chris Carney has also flirted with a bid. In our most recent reader poll, we presented a hypothetical primary between those three candidates. Carney received the most readers votes, followed by Sestak and Hughes.