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Radio host Jason Lewis will not run for office next year

WASHINGTON — Radio host Jason Lewis told listeners Monday he will not run for office next year.

Lewis had said he was thinking about running for U.S. Senate against Al Franken, and he was considered a potential candidate for the GOP nomination in the 6th District next year. But even though “this is the most serious I’ve been about running for public office since I actually ran for public office all the way back as a youthful indiscretion in 1990,” he said it wasn’t the right thing for him and his family.

He also said he decided not to run because of his more fundamental concerns about the state of politics in general.

From a Late Debate transcript of his show:

“… The truth is that for all the talk on talk radio, for all of the talk about changing the country, there is an amalgamation of special interests in this country to whom Big Government has been good, whether it’s Big Government of the Right or the Left. They don’t want to change.

They jump from political office to political office. They’re career politicians. Worse than that, they’re career staffers that go from one – you know – from Tim Pawlenty to whoever else they can get to pay them. We are governed in so many ways my a mercenary of public bureaucrats, of staffers, of congressional staffers, of committee staffers, and they don’t care about ideology. …

The biggest lie is that there’s a polarization of the body politic. Special interests have homogenized the parties. There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between them except in degree; except as to how fast the country will be bankrupt – not whether or not we’re going to be bankrupt – Detroit comes to mind.”

As of now, businessman Mike McFadden is the only Republican to challenge Franken, although state Sen. Julianne Ortman is considering a run. Three Republicans — former state Rep. Tom Emmer, Anoka County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and state Sen. John Pederson — are running in the 6th.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Richard Molby on 06/18/2013 - 09:14 am.

    Yeah, right

    Truth is, it’s a whole lot less work (and a ton more profitable) for him to just complain about the government than it is to try and do something about it. That’s why Limbaugh never ran or Beck or Hannity or O’Reilly. That’s why Palin, Huckabee, et al collect Fox checks. And it’s why Bachmann is leaving (unless its that FBI probe).

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 06/18/2013 - 09:24 am.

    Not a dime’s worth of difference

    I hope Mr. Lewis gave credit to the late George Wallace of Alabama for that line.

  3. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 06/18/2013 - 10:27 am.

    It’s a political liability when a large portion of the voting public have the same reaction visceral when you speak as when they hear nails on a chalkboard.

  4. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 06/18/2013 - 02:01 pm.

    File under –

    Who cares. BTW Jason – you would do better with the electorate of SC.

  5. Submitted by RB Holbrook on 06/18/2013 - 03:51 pm.

    Fundamental Concern

    His real fundamental concern is that there was no fevered outpouring of support. No one seemed that excited about the prospect of a Jason Lewis candidacy for anything.

  6. Submitted by Joe Musich on 06/18/2013 - 06:14 pm.


    It looks like he will always have a job at the strib.

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