The Romney name may appear on the ballot once again in 2014. Roll Call reported Friday that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s brother Scott is considering a run for retiring Sen. Carl Levin’s (D-Mich.) seat.
According to the report, a Michigan GOP source close to Scott Romney -- Mitt Romney’s older brother -- said he has expressed interest in running. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post later reported that he had been told the same.
Scott Romney, 71, a Michigan State University and Harvard Law alumnus, currently works as a corporate attorney at the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, LLP in Detroit. He made a public political appearance at last year's Republican National Convention, announcing Michigan's delegation.
If the speculation proves true, this will not be the elder Romney brother’s first shot at political office. In 1998, he sought the Michigan Republican Party’s nomination for state attorney general. He lost the nomination, however, to John Smietanka, who was defeated by Democrat Jennifer Granholm in the general election.
Levin -- who announced Thursday that he would not seek reelection in 2014 -- was first elected to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate in 1978, making him the longest-serving senator in the state’s history.
Michigan has not had an open Senate seat in nearly two decades, nor has a Michigan Republican served in the U.S. Senate since 2001. Other rumored Republican candidates vying for Levin’s seat are Reps. Dave Camp, Mike Rogers and Justin Amash. Rep. Candice Miller, another potential GOP candidate, released a statement Friday saying she would not run. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, another possible contender, "has no plans to run for U.S. Senate," a spokeswoman told the Detroit News.