All four Dems could run again as Segal mulls US House bid

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Former state Rep. David Segal, who came in third in last year’s four-way Democratic primary to succeed Patrick Kennedy representing Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, told on Thursday he’s “weighing the possibility” of challenging Congressman David Cicilline in next year’s primary.

Segal’s comments came the same week former Democratic Party chairman Bill Lynch, who placed fourth in last year’s primary, told he too is considering another bid for the U.S. House seat next year.

With second-place finisher Anthony Gemma also making clear he’s likely to run – and Cicilline obviously planning to run for re-election – it’s now possible the entire four-man field of Democrats who ran in 2010 could be reassembled in 2012.

Like Lynch, Segal said right now he is focused on his current work – in his case, Demand Progress, a new federal political action committee and 527 group he founded last year that advocates on issues like civil liberties and net neutrality.

“I’m trying to figure out how to be most effective,” Segal said in an e-mail.

Cicilline would start the race with a big financial edge on top of the advantage of incumbency. He had $77,931 in his campaign war chest as of March 31, while Segal had $53 and Gemma had nothing. Lynch had $2,023 as of his last filing on Dec. 31, according to Federal Election Commission records.

(photo: Steven Senne/AP)

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