Congressman Tom Cole will not seek Sen. Tom Coburn's seat

Congressman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) announced Sunday that he will not seek candidacy in the U.S. Senate special election to replace Sen. Tom Coburn. Coburn, a 15-year veteran of the United State Senate, announced his decision late Thursday night to resign following the end of the Congressional session.
 
“After considerable thought, however, I have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014", Cole said in a statement.

"My seniority, my membership on three major committees, my position as a subcommittee chairman on the Appropriations Committee and my role as a Deputy Whip in the Republican Conference make me much more valuable to Oklahoma and the Fourth District in the House than I could be as a freshman U.S. Senator."

Tom Cole is currently serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Some Republicans considered him a front-runner for the empty seat.

“I am very flattered to be among those mentioned, as any Oklahoma Republican would be honored to succeed someone as distinguished as Tom Coburn," Cole said.

 

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