Jeb Bush won't run for Senate

"Now is not the right time to return to elected office," the former governor of Florida said in a statement.

By Alex Koppelman

Published January 6, 2009 9:35PM (EST)

Looks like the Bush family's political comeback will have to wait: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the president's brother, has decided not to run for Senate in 2010.

"While the opportunity to serve my state and country during these turbulent and dynamic times is compelling, now is not the right time to return to elected office," Bush said in a statement released Tuesday. "In the coming months and years, I hope to play a constructive role in the future of the Republican Party, advocating ideas and policies that solve the pressing problems of our day. We must rebuild the Party by focusing on the common purposes and core conservative principles that unite us all -- limited government, a strong national defense and safe homeland and the protection of liberty tempered by personal responsibility."

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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