Rick Baker won't run for Congress
Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, by most accounts the strongest Republican contender to succeed the late U.S. Rep. CW Bill Young, told he he won't run. Baker had been receiving considerable pressure and encouragement to run in the special election to fill the seat. With Baker out, it will likely be harder for GOP leaders to clear the field and avoid a primary.
"I am thankful for the many friends who have encouraged me to run for Congress. The honor is greater because of the respect I have for Congressman Bill Young and his long and accomplished record of public service," Baker told Buzz. " I treasure my time as mayor and may likely consider a return to public service at some point - but not now. After much prayerful thought I have decided that I will not run for Congress at this time. I intend to focus my near term efforts on my family and my work with Bill Edwards to make our great city and state even greater. I look forward to enthusiastically supporting the Republican nominee for this Congressional seat."