The Alaska Democrat who almost toppled Rep. Don Young last year is gearing up for another statewide race -- against Gov. Sarah Palin, if she chooses to run for re-election.
"My sights are now on the governor's race," Ethan Berkowitz, a former leader of the Democratic minority in the state House, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.
Of course, we still aren't exactly sure what Palin's plans are for 2010. She's already ruled out a primary challenge against Lisa Murkowski, but has otherwise stayed mum on the prospect of seeking a second term in the Governor's cabin (something that would impede her ability to run for President in 2012).
As for any formal announcement from Berkowitz, don't hold your breath:
Though he sounds ready to begin another campaign, don't look for a Berkowitz candidacy announcement any time soon.
"It's summertime here," he said. "People don't want to hear about all this yet. They want to go fishing."
On another note, Alaska Democrats may want to think about looking for a new candidate to take on Don Young in 2010.