Just days after reports indicating that House Majority Leader Mike Turzai was “seriously considering” a run for Congress in the new 12th District, state GOP sources have told Roll Call that Turzai has decided not to jump into the race.
“Two Keystone State GOP sources confirmed Turzai would not run for the southwestern Pennsylvania House seat,” writes Shira Toeplitz. “A phone message left with Turzai’s official spokesman in the state House was not immediately returned.”
Turzai had previously mulled a run against Democrat Jason Altmire in 2010, but ultimately decided against it. This latest decision forces Keystone State GOP officials to resume their efforts to recruit a top-tier candidate to run against Altmire and congressional colleague Mark Critz in the Keystone State’s reconstituted 12st District. Both Democrats, Altmire and Critz were forced into a primary matchup after state Republicans merged their respective districts during the once-a-decade redistricting process.