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Tim Ryan Nixes Bid for Lt. Governor

Rep. Tim Ryan (D) will run for re-election to his House seat next year instead of running for lieutenant governor in Ohio, reversing what had been widespread speculation that he was headed for the exits.A Ryan aide confirmed a local report Monday that the four-term Democrat would not return to the Buckeye State to be Gov. Ted Strickland’s (D) running mate on the statewide ticket in 2010. “It’s definite,— Ryan told a local newspaper. “I just don’t see a scenario in the near future where I’ll be leaving— Congress.Ryan also told the Business Journal in Youngstown that his spot on the Appropriations Committee played a large role in his decision to stay put on Capitol Hill. Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) is stepping down to run for Senate in 2010.

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