Former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) said Wednesday he is not going to run next year for the seat he lost to Rep. Allen West (R) in November, despite entreaties from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
In remarks at a Pompano Beach political event, Klein said DCCC Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) asked him to run again. While the districts have not been redrawn yet, West is likely to be among the top Democratic targets.
“But I told him, as I’ve told you, I think I’m ready to try something different. I’m looking forward to the private sector,” Klein said, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
Klein’s decision not to run is a boon for the candidacy of outgoing West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel (D), who announced her candidacy this week and notified the press about Klein’s statement. Businessman Patrick Murphy (D) was the first candidate to jump in the race.
The former Congressman said he joined the Holland & Knight law firm, which has offices around the country, including in Florida and Washington, D.C.
“I’m going to stay involved in issues, stay out there, stay involved in both foreign policy things like Israel as well as local things I think are very important,” Klein said. “You never say ‘never’ for the future. But I’m very content and looking forward to work in the private sector.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.