U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler has been asked to reconsider.
Hayden Rogers, chief of staff for the Waynesville Democrat, said he has been contacted by groups in Washington and in North Carolina about running for Senate in 2010.
"We have had quite a few people reach out and ask him to reconsider," he said.
Earlier today, CNN reported that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee considers Shuler one of four top prospects to face Republican Sen. Richard Burr. After publicly considering a run earlier this year, Shuler decided against it in early March.
Rogers said a major consideration for Shuler is his wife and two young children, Navy and Island.
"The one thing that was paramount to him was his family and the time commitment," he said.
Update: LuAnn Canipe, a spokeswoman for one-time Democratic recruit Rep. Brad Miller, says he has "nothing to say" about the race.