Former Congressman Bob Dold is being actively recruited by top GOP officials to make another bid for Congress.
National Republican Committee Chair Greg Walden told the Daily Herald that he's "hopeful" the Kenilworth Republican will run in 2014 for the North Suburban 10th Congressional District seat.
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"I've talked to him (Dold). I'm encouraging him to do so," Walden said.
Walden described Dold, who in November narrowly lost a bid for re-election to Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider, as one of the party's best campaigners.
"I'm probably going to get myself into trouble singling one member out, but I'll tell you that nobody works harder and more effectively," Walden said.
Walden described Illinois as a state that "still holds a lot of promise for us to take back seats." Thanks in part to a new congressional map drawn by Democrats and the coattails of President Barack Obama, a Chicagoan, Illinois' congressional delegation flipped in November's election to being highly Democratic.
"First of all, the president isn't going to be on the ballot any longer," Walden said. The 2014 off-year election will be "a different dynamic," he said.
Walden also spoke about the committee's push to get more Republican women elected in 2014. One of the recruits has been state Rep. Darlene Senger, of Naperville, who met with GOP officials in Washington last week about a challenge to 11th District Democratic Congressman Bill Foster.
"We are actively recruiting women to run for office, minorities to run for office," Walden said.
Neither Dold nor Senger immediately returned calls seeking comment.