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  Mark Critz Won’t Attempt Comeback Bid in Pennsylvania
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Last EditedTX DEM  Aug 14, 2013 03:59pm
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News DateWednesday, August 14, 2013 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Rep. Mark Critz, D-Pa., will not attempt a congressional comeback bid in 2014, opting to seek statewide office instead.

He told a local union radio show that he plans to run for lieutenant governor, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reported. “It’s 100 percent; I just haven’t made it official yet,” Critz told “The Union Edge” on Wednesday.

Last fall, Critz lost a close race to Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Pa., in the southwestern part of the state. He topped Keystone State Democrats’ list of candidates to take on Rothfus again in 2014.

A former congressional staffer, Critz came to Congress in 2010 when he won the special election for the seat held by his late boss, Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa. He won two more highly competitive races in the next couple of years, including defeating another Democrat in a member-vs.-member race.
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