WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Congressman Jo Bonner of Mobile
won't leave his seat in Congress to run for governor next year.
Bonner, who is serving his fourth congressional term, announced
the decision Tuesday, saying he decided it wasn't the right time to
run a statewide campaign.
Greenville businessman Tim James is so far the only declared
Republican candidate to succeed Republican Gov. Bob Riley.
Other Republicans who say they are being encouraged to run or
who have taken initial campaign steps include state two-year
college Chancellor Bradley Byrne, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy
Moore, state Rep. Robert Bentley, Attorney General Troy King,
Birmingham lawyer Luther Strange, Troy University Chancellor Jack
Hawkins, state House Minority Leader Mike Hubbard and State
Treasurer Kay Ivey.