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  • FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2012 file photo, then-Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., right, laughs as former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld talks with reporters after Weld endorsed Brown in Boston. Weld said Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, he will not seek the Senate seat vacated when John Kerry was named secretary of state. Brown said Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, the he would not seek that seat either. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

Monday, February 04, 2013 6:20 pm

Ex-Mass. Gov. William Weld says no to Senate run

The Associated Press

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld says he will not run in the special election to succeed John Kerry in the U.S. Senate.

The Republican said in a brief statement Monday that he was grateful for the encouragement he has received but that he would not be a candidate.

Weld served as governor from 1991 to 1997. He later moved to New York but recently returned to Massachusetts to join the Mintz Levin law firm. The firm released the statement on Weld's behalf.

Republicans have been scrambling to find a candidate for the special election since former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown's announcement on Friday that he had decided against a run.

Congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch are running on the Democratic side.