Bruce Springsteen Nixes Senate Run

Bruce Springsteen opens the live broadcast of "America: A Tribute to Heroes" with "My City in Ruins," Friday, Sept. 21, 2001 in New York. In an extraordinary benefit across the television dial, entertainers united Friday to raise money for victims of the World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks.
Bruce Springsteen has decided he wasn't born to run for political office.

Doug Friedline, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., a consultant who helped professional wrestler Jesse Ventura win the Minnesota governor's race in 1998, had hoped to recruit Springsteen to run as an independent in November's U.S. Senate race.

The Boss would have faced off against incumbent Sen. Robert Torricelli, a Democrat, and whichever Republican emerges from the June 4 primary.

However, a spokeswoman for the 52-year-old singer told the Asbury Park Press of Neptune that he had no desire to seek office. In a statement sent to the newspaper, Springsteen paraphrased a rebuff by Civil War Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to the GOP convention of 1884: "If nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve."

Friedline, who also served as campaign manager for the unsuccessful New Jersey gubernatorial bid last year of then-state Sen. Bill Schluter, said volunteers from Schluter's campaign thought of drafting Springsteen because they think the current contest is boring.

The coalition calling itself "The Independence for New Jersey" had launched a petition drive to get the 800 signatures of registered voters required by June 4 to place Springsteen on the ballot.