Holder: I Will Make Decision About Higher Office at the End of 2018

• February 8, 2018 6:08 am


Former Attorney General Eric Holder told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night that he would make a decision about running for higher office at the end of 2018.

Maddow asked Holder, who served during the Obama administration, whether he was going to think about running for higher office this year.

"Well, I'm focusing on the NRDC making sure that—with regard to redistricting, I'm focusing my efforts there," Holder said. "I will make a decision at the end of this year about what I want to do with regard to higher office."

Holder currently serves as the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which aims to challenge Republican gerrymandering in dozens of states.

"With a four-part strategy focused on advancing legal action, mobilizing grassroots energy, supporting reforms, and winning targeted elections, we’re tackling the problem from every side. As each piece comes together, our comprehensive approach to redistricting will ensure that we can achieve a fairer process and fairer maps," the NRDC website says.

Maddow asked Holder whether he had future plans to run for higher office during an interview back in October, which prompted a similar response.

"You're not working on the redistricting project because it's part of a larger project in terms of you getting back into political life and then electorally?" Maddow asked.

"No. I'm not being hyperbolic here. I think our democracy is under attack, if you look at gerrymandering in the way in which we have a system where politicians are picking their voters as opposed to citizens picking their representatives," Holder said.

Holder's group put over  $750,000 into efforts to support then-Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam.