Dan Boren doesn't rule out run for governor in 2018
BY RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer
Monday, June 18, 2012
6/18/12 at 10:42 AM
Democratic Second District Congressman Dan Boren didn't rule out a run for governor in 2018 or beyond, but said Monday he'll be finished with politics for awhile when his current term ends in January.
Speaking to a Tulsa Metro Chamber breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel Warren Place, Boren said he has no interest in returning to Washington, D.C., either as an elected official or in some other capacity, but remains open to the possibility of a future run for governor.
Boren, 38, said he would not run against current Gov. Mary Fallin, should she seek re-election in 2014.
As if to bolster the idea of a long-term candidacy, Boren said he believes the Democratic Party has "a bright future" in Oklahoma, despite its recent losses at the ballot box.
Boren, noted the growth of the Democratic Party in the urban areas and said: "I think a Democrat can win statewide in Oklahoma if they work with the business community ... and they're a moderate. If the Republican were to nominate somebody too far to the right, there would be an opening for a Democrat to win statewide office."
Boren is not seeking re-election to Congress.
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren. STEPHEN PINGRY/ Tulsa World File