According to the paper, a source close to Udall said that after a day of “serious-soul searching” the he wanted to retain his coveted spot on the House Appropriations Committee.
“It was not a decision that was made lightly,” the source said, according to the Albuquerque Journal. “He wants to increase his seniority in the House.”
Udall’s decision – combined with Gov. Bill Richardson’s earlier denial he was interested in running -- leaves several potential Democrats with statewide name recognition in the Democratic field. The list includes: Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez, lieutenant governor Diane Denish and former state Attorney General (and unsuccessful House nominee) Patricia Madrid.