Rothman’s Obama gambit

Congressman Steven Rothman has gambled on Barack Obama in his possible bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 2008. If 83.5-year-old Frank Lautenberg does not seek re-election next year (and he says he will), three Democratic Congressmen want his seat: Rothman, Frank Pallone, and Rob Andrews. Pallone and Andrews were early supporters of Hillary Clinton. Rothman, some pundits opine, figures that if Obama turns out to be the Democratic presidential nominee — something that might be settled well before the '08 Senate race is — he might have an easier (though hardly automatic) time securing party support for a statewide bid.

Rothman’s Obama gambit