Turner Leaves State Department, Not Running for Governor

Washington, DC – As Assistant US Secretary of State John Turner is leaving the State Department, he says he's not interested in re-entering Wyoming politics. Since 2001, Turner has been headed up the State Department's work on oceans and environmental affairs. Turner says he will return to Jackson Hole, where he'll spend time working on his family's guest ranch. Turner rejects rumors that he plans to run for Governor in 2006. He says he's not interested in the job and in no way thinks he would be a viable candidate. Turner doubts he has much political currency left after being away from Wyoming for so long. Turner was the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service from 1989 to 1993. Before that he represented Teton County in the Wyoming Legislature for 19 years. Turner says 35 years of public service is enough.