State Sen. Corman Not Running For U.S. Senate

State Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012, he told Adam Smeltz of on Friday.

“I gave it a lot of thought, and I just didn’t feel it was the right time for me to enter a statewide race,” Corman said. “It is not something that I am going to seek.”

Specifically, Corman said, he considered “family, professional life, what’s in the best interest for (my) wife and kids, career, quality of life afterward — all those kinds of things” in reaching his decision.

Read the full story here.

Corman is the latest Republican to take a pass on the race – indeed, after Reps. Gerlach, Dent, and Murphy declined to run, he was the highest-ranking elected official still in consideration.

Recent GOP recruiting efforts have focused on wealthy businessmen.

Harrisburg attorney Marc Scaringi and Scranton Tea Party leader Laureen Cummings have each declared candidacy for the race.

The Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee had been courted by several GOP leaders in PA, and has met with the National Republican Senate Committee in Washington, D.C.

And well done to Smetlz, one of PoliticsPA’s top political bloggers, on the scoop.

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