Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- Though he won't leave office until January, Congressman Alan Mollohan is testing the waters for a 2012 campaign to take back the House seat he's held for 28 years.
The West Virginia Democrat has done two interviews this week saying he's keeping his options open. He's also opened a Federal Elections Commission account.
He didn't respond to repeated messages from the Associated Press Wednesday.
Mollohan served the 1st District seat for 14 terms but lost the primary to state Sen. Mike Oliverio, who then lost the general election to Tea Party-backed Republican David McKinley.
Mollohan told the Charleston Daily mail he underestimated voter discontent and spent too little time back home.
He says whether he runs again depends on the political environment.
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