From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Baron Hill says he's "open to the idea" of being a candidate for Senate to replace Evan Bayh.
"I'm open to the idea," the Democrat, who represent the Ninth Congressional District, one of the swing districts in the state, told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "It doesn't mean that I'm going to do it."
Hill, a legendary former high school basketball star in the state, was out of the country last week as the news broke of Bayh's decision not to run for re-election in the fall.
Since then, Rep. Brad Ellsworth -- who represents the neighboring Eighth Congressional District, also a swing district -- announced his interest in being considered for the nomination.
Because the filing deadline has passed for the Senate race, a 32-member panel of the state Democratic Party will choose the nominee. It has until June 30th to do so, but is expected to name its choice before then.
The Courier-Journal: "Hill said he is scheduled to speak with Bayh on Monday and wants to talk with others as well. 'Let me have those conversations first and then we'll see where this goes,' Hill said."