Former Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., indicated Wednesday that he is unlikely to run for the seat of retiring Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., and said he hopes that former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will enter the race.
Boucher was among several Democratic names mentioned as possible contenders for Webb's seat. On the Republican side, former Sen. George Allen, who was defeated for re-election to the Senate by Webb in 2006, is expected to seek his old seat.
Following a speech at the Institute for Policy Innovation's communications summit, Boucher, who was defeated for re-election in November, told Tech Daily Dose that while he's not ruling anything out, "I'm not giving any active thought" to running for the Senate seat.
He added that he is supporting Kaine, who Boucher described as the "obvious Democratic candidate." Kaine is currently the chairman of the Democratic National Committee and has yet to make up his mind whether to enter the 2012 Senate race.
Boucher, who chaired the Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee in the last Congress, said he is currently in talks with "individuals interested in the benefit of my views," including some law firms and will take his time in deciding on his post-congressional career. He said he will likely continue to work on telecomm and Internet-related issues.