Vermont's Democratic Rep. Peter Welch announced Friday morning that he will run for re-election to his at-large district and not return to the Green Mountain State to run for governor.
After Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said earlier this month that he would not seek a fourth term, speculation immediately turned to the five-term congressman as a strong contender who could clear the Democratic field.
"While being governor would be a distinct honor, I believe I can best serve Vermonters by continuing the hard work of getting Congress back to work for Vermont and the nation," Welch said in a statement emailed to the press Friday morning.
While Welch had said all along that it was unlikely he would choose to leave Washington, he had left the door open to a gubernatorial bid, saying he would consult his family.
Welch acknowledged in his statement that serving in the minority hasn't been easy, and he took a shot at the tea party, specifically.
"There is no question that being in the majority is far superior," he said. "Yet, I have found that bringing Vermont's values, our civility, and our practical way of doing business to this job every day yields results for Vermonters regardless of who controls Congress."
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