Gary Hart says the political world has “grown up” since the 1987 scandal that knocked him out of the race for the White House, and he may run for his old Senate seat.
The Colorado Democrat told Denver newspapers that friends and supporters have encouraged him to run for the seat held by Republican Hank Brown, who has decided not to seek a second term in 1996.
The former senator said, “I’ve reached no conclusion yet.”
Hart, 58, served in the Senate from 1975 to 1987. He is now an international trade lawyer in Denver. He dropped out of the race for President amid allegations that as a married man he had an affair with model Donna Rice.
Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Mike Beatty said the scandal will be resurrected if he does run. “I see him motivated by ideas. I wonder, then, if he is willing to put up with titillating stories.”