The Washington Times - March 4, 2013, 01:50PM

Republican Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana said Monday he won’t challenge Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu in 2014.

Mr. Boustany, who had been pressed by many in his party to take on Mrs. Landrieu, said through a spokesman he has unfinished business in the House.

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“While Congressman Boustany is honored to have been encouraged to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, he remains dedicated to the 3rd Congressional District of south Louisiana,” said Neal Patel, a spokesman for the lawmaker.

“Serving on the House Ways and Means Committee allows Congressman Boustany to focus on issues important to Louisiana ranging from trade, to comprehensive tax reform, to health care. He looks forward to continue representing south Louisiana on Capitol Hill.”

Louisiana Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said last week he is pondering a challenge to Mrs. Landrieu, who is considered among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats for re-election next year. Other possible GOP candidates mentioned are Reps. John Fleming and Bill Cassidy.