by Mitch Perry
Eric Lynn, rumored to be considering a run for the CD13 Democratic nomination, will not do so, he announced in a statement this morning.
"I am truly honored by the numerous people from across Pinellas who have reached out to urge me to run for Congress in November, though after much consideration, I remain committed to my current obligations to our national security, the Secretary of Defense and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines I work with every day," he said.
Lynn is a foreign policy adviser to the Obama administration who formerly worked for former South Florida Democratic Congressman Peter Deutsch. He says he'll stay in Washington.
"Tracy and I and our kids look forward to returning home to Pinellas once those obligations are completed, where we will remain as committed to the families, community, servicemen and women and wounded warriors of the Tampa Bay Area as we always have been."
Lynn is the fourth Democrat in recent weeks to say he will not run against Republican David Jolly this fall.
Alex Sink, Jessica Ehrlich, and as of last night, Manuel Sykes, all say they will not enter the race. Sykes did announce last week, but said he was dropping out after receiving word from Pinellas DEC Chair Mark Hanisee that his candidacy was not welcomed by party leaders.