BOSTON (AP) - Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says he will not run in the special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.
The Republican said in a brief statement Monday that he was grateful for the encouragement he has received but that he would not be a candidate.
Weld served as governor from 1991 to 1997. He later moved to New York but recently returned to Massachusetts to join the Mintz Levin law firm. The firm released the statement on Weld's behalf.
Republicans have been scrambling to find a candidate for the special election since former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's announcement on Friday that he had decided against a run.
Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are running on the Democratic side.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
What will you be doing when you're 81? Probably not this.
WTOP takes an all-electric motorcycle for a test drive. (Video)
This fox plays like a cat when he gets his paws on a golf ball. (Video)
Robin Roberts will write a memoir about her struggle with illness.