Sanchez says Dems recruited him for US Senate run

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Posted: May 04, 2011 6:37 PM

A former high-ranking Army commander who retired in wake of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal says Democratic Party operatives asked him to consider a U.S. Senate run.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez is likely to decide in the next few weeks whether to pursue the seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The 59-year-old Sanchez lives in San Antonio and is from the Rio Grande Valley.

In an interview with the San Antonio Express-News, Sanchez conceded that the purpose of Democrats recruiting him could be to force Republicans to pour money into the race. But the former commander of coalition forces in Iraq said he also wants to serve his country.

An Army report exonerated Sanchez of wrongdoing in the Abu Ghraib scandal.