Ruppersberger won't enter governor's race

Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger will file for reelection to the House of Representatives, foregoing a bid to run for governor, a spokeswoman announced Wednesday.

"I have worked to create jobs, protect veterans and seniors from dangerous budget cuts and ensure our communities get the federal resources they need. As Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I have oversight over many national security issues, which has a direct impact on Maryland businesses and families," Ruppersberger said in a statement issued to the media.

"I will also continue to push for change in Washington," the release continued. "More than ever, our national government needs moderate voices and officials who put common sense before politics. I hope the recent bipartisan budget deal can be a first step toward compromise on larger issues such as tax and entitlement reform as well as long-term deficit reduction."

Ruppersberger represents the state's Second Congressional District, which is composed of parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, as well as a piece of Baltimore City.

Rupperberger, a Baltimore County Democrat, was mulling a bid to run governor in October, heartened by encouragement from his constituents. The six-term congressman and former Baltimore County Executive started to lean against a run for Maryland's highest office in November, the Associated Press reported.

"I want to thank the many Marylanders who encouraged me to run for governor," Ruppersberger said. "I was humbled by their enthusiasm, faith, and financial commitments. Their encouragement and confidence made me think long and hard about this choice.

"I am a lifelong Baltimore resident, a graduate of City College and a passionate Terp," the release continued. "Baltimore is part and parcel of who I am. Like many, I am looking for a candidate that can harness its unique opportunities and challenges. I will closely monitor how the candidates intend to strengthen the region and I look forward to working with the next Governor to implement those plans."

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