Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 | 7:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON -- It was only a matter of time before one of the often-mentioned Nevada Republicans announced they might try to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Tonight Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki became the first to publicly say so, unofficially launching the 2010 race for U.S. Senate that has been quietly unfolding since the day after the election, if not sooner.
Krolicki tells the Associated Press (via Jon Ralston and a mess of Google alerts) he’s “taking this possibility seriously,” and will decide by early next year.
Republicans nationally have made no secret of their desire to topple Reid, much the way they did then-Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, the South Dakota Democrat, in 2004.
In some circles, the concept has become a verb -- as in Republicans hope to “Daschle” Reid.
Will Krolicki become the one to run or just an early name testing the field?
In the AP story, Krolicki makes a call for party unity in the top-of-ticket races after a brutal 2008 for Republicans in Nevada. (Read: Skip the primary fight to save resources for the general.)
Time is ticking in the race to collect many millions to challenge the Reid, a four-term senator and now among the most powerful Democrats in Washington. Will other hopefuls step forward?
Ralston mused just last week, the day after the election, in fact, about who might challenge Reid. You can read his odds here