Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold will not be running for public office in 2012, according to a Progressives United blog post.
Progressives United is an organization founded by Feingold after he lost re-election bid in November to combat corporate influence in politics.
Some were looking to Feingold to run against Gov. Scott Walker in the event that there would be a recall. It was also said that he might run for U.S. Senate after
Feingold explains he has enjoyed life as a private citizen.
“I am also well aware that I have a very strong standing in the polls should I choose to run again for the U.S. Senate or in a recall election for governor,” Feingold wrote." After twenty-eight continuous years as an elected official, however, I have found the past eight months to be an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective.”
The past few months Feingold has been teaching at Marquette University Law School and will be returning to teach full-time in the fall. He is also working on writing a book entitled “While America Sleeps.”
“It's about how we have too often lost our way as a nation in responding to the 9/11 attacks and related issues,” he said.
Feingold continues on to say that he will support the Walker's Recall.
“Since the aggressive tactics of Governor Walker and the legislature ensued, those words now also mean retaking the state government from these corporate-backed operatives is a special priority,” he wrote in the blog.