Hosemann might run if Cochran retires

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has his eyes on a U.S. Senate seat, if sitting Sen. Thad Cochran decides not to run for re-election in 2014.

While Cochran has “been phenomenal – I’ll support him if he runs again,” Hosemann said that if the 75-year-old senator decides to retire, “I have an interest in that race.”

His remarks came in response to a question in a Thursday afternoon interview with the Daily Journal.

Cochran, first elected to the Senate in 1978, has said he will announce whether he will seek re-election well before the March qualifying deadline, possibly by the end of this year.

Shortly before his interview, the 66-year-old Hosemann announced he’d hired former state Sen. Doug Davis, a Republican from DeSoto County, to be his new chief of staff.

Daily Journal