Ron Paul announced that he won’t run for Congress in 2012 and will concentrate on his bid for president.
After serving almost 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Ron Paul told The Facts exclusively this morning he will not be seeking another term for the District 14 seat.
Paul, 75, will instead focus on his quest for the presidency in 2012.
“I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election,” Paul said. “It’s about that time when I should change tactics.”
His announcement will give enough time for anyone with aspirations for his seat to think about running, he said. Paul didn’t want to wait for filing in the 2012 primary to let people know he wasn’t seeking reelection.
This leaves one wondering who will take his place, and what kind of changes this might mean. Although, he has been very popular, and faced little compaetition in his 13 bids for his Congressional seat, There doesn’t seem to be many who will upset to see him go. Sometimes he has been reluctant to go after Federal money for his district.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul is an intelligent, articulate and principled person, nationally known for his votes against federal spending.
He’s been consistent. He has voted against legislation to fund programs at the Johnson Space Center and to repair damage in Galveston County from Hurricane Ike.
He is, as one longtime GOP activist said, precisely the kind of congressman you’d want for your neighbors in the district next door.
Debra Medina’s name has been mentioned, as a gun totting libertarian, genuine Tea Partier she is more politically aligned with the Ron Paul Crowd. Currently she doesn’t live in the district, but she could easily rectify that.
A more traditional state Rep. Larry Taylor has made it known that he is interested in the position.
We can expect that Democrat Nick Lampson will run again, in a district that has been reshaped into something similar to the old district he once held.
Mayor Joe Jawaraski has been reported to be interested in running , but it seems he is diametrically the opposite of Ron Paul. His stance on bringing in the poor to increase the population of the island, so that we can get more federal money, isn’t going to win him a District 14 election.
Who knows this just might be Libertarian Bob Smither’s big chance, if he can only raise enough money.
It will be interesting to watch this as it unfolds.