U.S. Representative Ron Kind will not be among those running for the retiring Herb Kohl's seat in the U. S. Senate.
The Democrat, who represents Wisconsin's 3rd Congressional District, thanked those who support him, but said now is not the time for him to enter that race.
Sen. Kohl announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election in 2012.
Rep. Kind's complete statement is below:
Our State and Country are at a critical moment in history. The stakes for Wisconsin families could not be higher. And the politicians who seek to represent us must realize that politics as usual must stop.
We need new leadership in Wisconsin that works to find common sense solutions to the extraordinary challenges confronting our state. Next year, we must also choose a new Senator to follow in the footsteps of Herb Kohl and my mentor William Proxmire, standing up and fighting for the futures of Wisconsin's families in the United States Senate everyday.
I have been urged by many across Wisconsin to run for Senate. I thank them sincerely for their steadfast support and their trust in my commitment to put solving peoples' problems first and foremost. But that commitment has led me to this conclusion: Now is not my time to run for the U.S. Senate.
I remain unwavering in my focus on growing the economy with good paying jobs while developing a long-term plan to get our fiscal house in order without jeopardizing the future of our children. The issues are just too pressing right now.
Furthermore, at this time a divisive primary contest will not serve the interests of the state or the real needs of families. It will not create one job, help one family pay for college, cut one dollar from our state or federal deficit, protect one senior citizen's Social Security and Medicare, or help one of the thousands of veterans in Wisconsin who served our country. Most certainly it will not reduce the hyper partisanship that is needlessly tearing apart our state and country.
Representing the people of the Third Congressional District of Wisconsin is a great honor. As your Congressman, I will continue to work hard to live up to your trust while trying to be the best father and husband for my family.