Los Angeles Dodgers legend Steve Garvey made his mark as one of the best players of his generation, but now it looks like he might be looking to take on a whole new challenge: politics.
This week, Republican strategist Andy Gharakhani told the Los Angeles Times that Steve Garvey is considering running for a United States Senate seat in California and that he is being pursued by leaders “up and down the state” from both the Republican and Democratic parties.
“He is being contacted by leaders up and down the state. They’re recruiting him to run from both sides, Republican and Democrat, and he’s seriously considering it,” Gharakhani told the Los Angeles Times. “We should have a decision made here in the next few weeks.”
California has a rare open Senate seat this term after long-time Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced that she will not seek another term in 2024 as she faces significant health issues at the age of 89.
If Garvey does decide to run, it’s widely assumed that he will run as a Republican. As a result, he knows he will face an uphill battle as no Republican has won a statewide election in California since 2006, but according to the Los Angeles Times, Harvey has told potential supporters that he knows the odds are stacked against him but thinks it’s important for the party to have a prominent name on the ballot.