RadioOnFire.com – Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates has long said she wouldn’t seek a Senate post in 2020, but some Democrats held out hope that the tantalizing prospect of two seats up for grabs next year would force her to change her mind.
During a podcast recording Wednesday with former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, once the top federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, the Senate question arose again.
“Why won’t you run? They love you, they need you, you’re a person of high integrity, you’re a great public servant, you would easily win,” he said, prodding her once more.
“Why won’t you just do it?”Said Yates: “Running for Senate, that’s just not something that’s ever really felt like me. I really am incredibly flattered by your support. We’ve got some great people that are running.
“My heart is in public service. I can’t hide that. I hope that maybe some day I’ll get a chance to be in public service again. But running for the Senate – you kind of know what feels right and true, and what doesn’t. And that doesn’t feel right to me.”
The topic came up again near the end of the program, when Bharara pulled a question from an audience member who asked whether she or Stacey Abrams should be on the presidential ticket next year as a running mate. “We don’t even have a nominee yet,” Yates said to laughter. “We’re way too premature to be talking about that.”
It seems like Yates has her sights set higher.