WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Peter King, R-New York, said Tuesday he's interested in running for Hillary Clinton's senate seat in 2010.
King's spokesman, Kevin Fogarty, told CNN that the eight term Congressman is "very interested, but he hasn't made a decision."
Fogarty also confirmed to CNN comments King made earlier in the day to the Associated Press that he is "seriously considering the race for Hillary Clinton's seat" and that New York State GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello "supports me 100 percent."
Fogarty said King is meeting with his campaign advisors next week to talk about a senate bid and would consider a run regardless of whether or not he could face Caroline Kennedy.
President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Clinton to serve as his secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, Clinton would resign her seat in the chamber after being sworn in as secretary of state soon after Obama is inaugurated as President on January 20th.
Clinton's successor would be appointed by New York Governor David Paterson, a fellow Democrat. There are about a dozen Democrats in competition for the seat. Among them is Caroline Kennedy, who has had a conversation with Paterson regarding the position.
Whomever Paterson names would serve the next two years, until a special election is held in November 2010 to fill the remaining two years of Clinton's term.
King represents New York's 3rd congressional district, which is located on Long Island. He is currently ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee and is also on the Financial Services Committee.
GOP strategist Kevin Madden says King "has a very strong base in downstate New York and appeals to the constituencies in Albany and surrounding counties."