Earlier in the week,

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reported that Hardball host Chris Matthews planned to attend the gala Saturday night dinner at the

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gathering in New York City this weekend. But they later updated the report, saying that Matthews told organizers he could not attend after all.

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Matthews is reportedly considering running for U.S. Senate in 2010 as a Democrat, for the seat currently occupied by Republican Arlen Specter. The PA society -- an annual weekend of lunches, cocktail parties and dinners in NYC -- would have given him the opportunity to rub elbows with state pols and other power players.