The Commercial Dispatch, 8/18/7

Even in explaining his decision to not to seek re-election in 2008, Republican U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering said publicly for the first time Friday that he might have his eye on the Governor’s Mansion.

“Maybe,” Pickering said, responding to a question about whether he might run for the top job in state government – a move that would be at least four years away.

And, there was this response to a question about the longtime speculation that he might want to run for U.S. Senate: “As my oldest son would say, `when the bridge crosses the river, we’ll get to it.’”