Russ Feingold, the former Democratic U.S. senator from Wisconsin knocked out of office as part of the 2012 Republican wave, has decided against running for governor or the Senate.
Feingold made his intentions to not seek political office known Friday morning in an email to his supporters.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
In an email going out to supporters early Friday morning, Feingold called it a difficult decision but said he wanted to devote his time to teaching full time at Marquette Law School, finishing the book he is writing on the U.S. response to the Sept. 11 attacks and leading the political committee he founded, Progressives United.
"While I may seek elective office again someday, I have decided not to run for public office during 2012," Feingold said in the email.
Many Democrats had hoped that Feingold, still popular in the state, would run against the controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election.
Or, perhaps Feingold would run for the Senate seat from which Sen. Herb Kohl is retiring.
But neither is to be. Feingold has evidently discovered the joys of not having to make fundraising calls on a daily basis.