GOP state Sen. Dave Craig, a former aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, announced Friday he will not run to replace his old boss.

“My family is so thankful and humbled by the support shown to us these past few days,” Craig tweeted. “After much prayerful consideration, the timing to run for Congress is not right for our young family. I look forward to continuing to advance our conservative principles in the State Senate!”

Craig, R-Big Bend, is not up for re-election to the Legislature this fall and would not have had to give up his Senate seat to run.

Bryon Steil, a UW regent and attorney, is considering a bid, as are state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, of Salem, and former Racine County Exec. Jim Ladwig.

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