A conservative challenger for Kean

Several Republican leaders are saying that Bill Spadea, the Republican nominee for Congress against Rush Holt in 2004, is mulling a bid for the United States Senate next year. The former Marine and past College Republican National Chairman could wind up as the conservative primary rival State Senator Thomas Kean, Jr. has been trying so hard to avoid. Spadea was expected to run again for the 12th district seat (he won 40% last year), but abruptly withdrew from the race last month. He is also considered a possible candidate for Mercer County Executive in 2007.

"This meeting is entirely off the record. Until somebody leaks it."
—Michael Kempner, addressing a roomful of Democratic powerbrokers organizng for Hillary Clinton