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Ralph Reed says no to Congress run

March 10, 2010 at 6:47 PM

WASHINTON, D.C., March 10 (UPI) -- Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, says he will not run for the suburban Atlanta congressional seat held by retiring Rep. John Linder.

Reed, a former chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, says he can be of more influence leading his new organization, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, than he could in Congress, Politico reported Wednesday.

"In 2010 and 2012, [the Faith and Freedom Coalition] will register an estimated one million new faith-based voters and make tens of millions of voter contacts in what may be the largest conservative get-out-the-vote effort in modern political history," he said.

The 48-year-old Reed lost the Republican primary for lieutenant governor in 2006 and founded the Coalition in 2008 reportedly as a way of involving more evangelicals in politics, Politico said.

"I believe electing 50 to 100 men and women of character and conservative beliefs to Congress and statewide office over the next two election cycles is a more efficacious way to advance the conservative agenda than seeking public office myself in 2010," Reed said.

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