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Carnahan Quits Leadership Post for Congressional Run

April 16, 2003
By: Christopher Shields
State Capital Bureau

St. Louis City representative Russ Carnahan is resigning a House leadership post to concentrate on higher aspirations.

Christopher Shields has more from the State Capitol.

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Representative Russ Carnahan announced today he's quitting as House Democratic Caucus Chair to focus on a run for Congress.

Carnahan's already set up an exploratory committee to run for Missouri's 3rd district Congressional seat held by Democratic representative Dick Gephardt, who isn't seeking reelection.

Carnahan says he's quitting to devote even more time to his campaign.

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Contents: I just though it would be appropriate to step down because of the time the leadership role takes here in the House and give our caucus an opportunity to put someone in there who can work full time at the job.

St. Louis City representative Robin Wright-Jones will replace Carnahan as caucus chair.

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Russ Carnahan is leaving a leadership post in the Missouri House to spend more time on a Congressional run.

Christopher Shields reports from Jefferson City.

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St. Louis City representative Russ Carnahan says he's quitting his post as House Democratic Caucus Chair to focus on a run for Missouri's 3rd Congressional district.

Carnahan's already formed an exploratory committee and says he's devoted all his spare time to the campaign.

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Contents: ...so we've been busy working on that, raising some seed money to get the campiagn started and visiting with folks around the area. So, that's what I've been doing in my spare time from session.

Carnahan says an official announcement of his candicacy should come very soon.

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St. Louis City Democrat Russ Carnahan is quitting his leadership post in the Missouri House to focus on a run for higher office.

Christopher Shields reports from Jefferson City.

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Carnahan announced he's resigning as House Democratic Caucus Chair to focus on a run for Missouri's 3rd Congression district seat currently held by Democratic representative Dick Gephardt.

After a failed run for Congress in 1990, Carnahan says the time is right to run again.

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Contents: I think its a unique time in the history of our country. With the many issues we're dealing with overseas and with our economy. So, a lot of challenges there and a lot of opportunities that I think I could be of value.

Carnahan says he has no plans to give up his seat in the Missouri House.

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