BOSTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says he won't run in the June 25th special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.
The Republican said in a statement Monday that he was grateful for the encouragement he's received, but that he wouldn't be a candidate.
Weld was governor from 1991 to 1997. He later moved to New York, but recently returned to Massachusetts to join the law firm of Mintz Levin. The firm released the statement Monday on Weld's behalf.
Republicans have been scrambling to find a candidate for the special election since former Sen. Scott Brown's announcement on Friday that he had decided against a run.
Former state Sen. Richard Tisei announced Saturday that he won't be a candidate.
State Rep. Daniel Winslow says he'll announce on Tuesday whether he plans to run.
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