Cox, who married Tricia Nixon in the Rose Garden when her father was president, has told friends and Republican Party insiders that he is considering whether to run, the New York Times said Friday. A friend who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Cox is out there "testing the waters."
Democrats did not react to the possibility of a Cox candidacy. "We assume the Republicans will field an opponent and Senator Clinton will continue to focus on working hard for the people of New York," Clinton adviser Howard Wolfson said.
Cox, a partner in Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, a Manhattan law firm, has a long and varied career in public service, as well as prominent family ties on his side. His father was a well-known lawyer and his grandfather a judge.