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  Ehlers to announce reelection plans Wednesday
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Last EditedRBH  Feb 09, 2010 05:46pm
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AuthorJonathan Martin
News DateTuesday, February 9, 2010 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionVeteran Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) will hold a news conference in Grand Rapids Wednesday to announce whether he'll seek reelection.

On the same day a conservative state legislator and Tea Party favorite announced a primary bid against Ehlers, the nine-term lawmaker's office issued a statement saying he would "address questions about his future plans as a Member of Congress" on Wednesday morning.

Ehlers, first elected in a 1993 special election to the GOP-leaning 3rd District, hadn't previously indicated whether he intends to run for another term in 2010.

But speculation swirled among Republican aides Tuesday about the 76-year-old lawmaker's plans. Ehlers's wife, Johanna, suffered a heart attack last week, leading some officials to believe he might retire soon. But one of the congressman's colleagues said that Ehlers hasn't signaled a retirement decision and noted that the congressman's wife has already been released from the hospital.

If he does run again, Ehlers will face a primary.

State Rep. Justin Amash, a freshman member of the Michigan House, said in a statement posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he was "committed to bringing restraint, accountability, and transparency to the federal government."
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