WASHINGTON — Rep.-elect Bob Dold, R-Ill., was in the Capitol on Tuesday, getting ready to be sworn in January after defeating Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., for the north suburban 10th Congressional District seat. But Schneider is mulling a third run against Dold in 2016 even as he is cleaning out his Longworth House building office.
“He’s not ruling it out,” Schneider spokesman Staci McCabe told me. “He’s been encouraged by friends and family and colleagues to run.”
Dold first won the 10th seat in 2010, when it was open after then-Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., opted to run for the Senate. After one term, in 2012, Dold, who is from Kenilworth, was defeated by Schneider, from Deerfield. In 2014, Dold bested Schneider.
Dold, who won with the help of Kirk, who lives in Highland Park, in the district, met with Kirk on Tuesday in his Hart Senate building office.
It remains to be seen if another Democrat surfaces. Dold is already high on the House GOP priority save list. Since it takes so much time to raise the millions of dollars necessary to run for this congressional seat — with expensive Chicago telelvisiom time — whoever the Democratic is who will challenge Dold will have to start gearing up soon. Dold is seeking to reclaim his old seat on the House Committee on Financial Services, a prime assignment from a fundraising perspective.
Hat tip, Politico.