Is Chris Matthews preparing to run for the Pennsylvania senate seat vacated by Arlen Specter, or is he just jockeying for a better salary? Politico reports that Matthews has, according to one associate, already chosen a home in Philadelphia in order to establish residency. Matthews’s $5 million annual MSNBC contract doesn’t expire until June, but has been advised that, if he is serious about pursuing his “boyhood dream,” then he should step down from the network immediately as to protect it from charges of bias. Some, however, think he is simply trying to get the network to up its ante when it comes to renewing his contract. “He’s trying to show, 'I have this alternative opportunity,'” said a friend.