Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder said he is dropping plans to run next year for the 8th congressional district seat now held by fellow Republican Jason Smith. Kinder declined to give interviews after making the announcement in a news release. Kinder’s decision marks at least the third time when he’s publicly declared plans to run for office and then backed off.
Kinder previously has stepped back from planned bids for state auditor in 1998 and for governor in 2008. Kinder also made clear that he had no plans to step down early at lieutenant governor this time. He was elected to his third term in 2012 – the only Republican to win statewide office in Missouri.