Jo Mannies of the St. Louis Beacon is reporting that Sen. Jane Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, will “definitely” run for Congress.
The first-term state senator had expressed interest in running for the seat earlier this year. But in an interview, Cunningham said she will make it official if U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Town and Country, runs for Congress:
“I’m in,” said Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, on Tuesday, referring to the increasingly crowded field for the 2nd Congressional District.
So far, St. Louis lawyer Ed Martin has switched his candidacy from the U.S. Senate to the 2nd District, and former Ambassador Ann Wagner has announced an exploratory committee.
But Cunningham — who has made no secret of her own interest for weeks — emphasized she won’t formally announce until the district’s incumbent congressman — fellow Republican Todd Akin of Town and Country — officially declares he’s running in 2012 for the U.S. Senate.
“I’m very sensitive to being honorable to him,” Cunningham said. “It’s totally up to him.”
If Cunningham runs, it will mean that her Senate seat will be vacant next year. That will likely prompt a flood of Republican candidates to run in that race.