Laramie, Wy – House Speaker Randall Luthi on Tuesday
ended speculation that he might run for governor this year: He won't.
Luthi said he wouldn't be an effective speaker during this winter's legislative session if every move he made were judged against a campaign to become governor.
"My priority must be my responsibilities as speaker. I owe that
to the people of Wyoming and my fellow representatives," Luthi said in a release issued by the state Republican Party.
Until Tuesday, Luthi had left open the possibility that he might run. He said he was flattered that many Wyoming residents had encouraged him to run.
Governor Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, has not formally announced whether he plans to seek a second term this year. But polls show he enjoys one of the best approval ratings for a governor.
Freudenthal has said that if he decides to run, he would formally announce it after the end of the legislative session in March.