A former federal Labor MP wants Kevin Rudd's permission to have a go at winning back the Queensland seat he lost at the last election.
Chris Trevor lost his central Queensland seat of Flynn in 2010.
He says he wants to run again, but he doesn't want the former prime minister to think he's betraying him.
Mr Trevor has told The Courier-Mail that the way Julia Gillard rolled Mr Rudd in 2010 "substantially contributed" to his own defeat at the election that year, and will dog Labor until the September poll.
He said he would have more hope of retaking Flynn if Mr Rudd made a comeback.
"If Julia Gillard remains prime minister there is a good chance of us winning the seat. But if Kevin was to return, I think obviously our chances would be better," he told the paper.
But Mr Trevor said he missed representing his local area and wanted to be a candidate in Ms Gillard's team - if he got the nod from Mr Rudd.
"Once my decision is made about recontesting Flynn, I will give her (Ms Gillard) my full support," he said.
"But I want to speak to Kevin first ... I don't want to betray him."
Mr Trevor urged the party to reach out to Mr Rudd to heal tensions, and called on Labor powerbrokers to publicly apologise for Mr Rudd's dumping.
Mr Rudd's office told the paper it was trying to schedule a meeting with Mr Trevor.