Roger Clemens: 'No interest' in running for Congress despite GOP recruitment effort

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Roger Clemens: 'No interest' in running for Congress despite GOP recruitment effort

Roger Clemens, Pete Olson

21.8.2019

Roger Clemens : 'No interest' in running for Congress despite GOP recruitment effort

Roger Clemens : 'No interest' in running for Congress despite GOP recruitment effort originally appeared on abcnews.go.comFormer Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens is 'honored' by the encouragement to run for Congress , but he has ruled it out -- blaming the 'climate in

"The climate in politics at this time is much more than I would want to undertake along with my family considerations," Clemens wrote in a message sent to Olson last week.

Multiple sources predicted that Clemens, 57, would ultimately opt against entering the race in what could be a tough election cycle for the GOP in the Lone Star State. A candidacy filing period opens in Texas on Nov. 9 and closes on Dec. 9.

An aide at the National Republican Congressional Committee said that the House GOP's campaign arm"hasn't spoken directly to him."

So far, only one Republican candidate, Brazoria County Judge Greg Hill, has announced his intention to run for Olson's seat, though additional candidates are expected to emerge in the coming months, sources said.

"I can't speak to motivations of people putting his name out there, whether they're doing it on their own or at Clemens' request," the source added.

Clemens has never run for political office, but has donated to other Republicans, including former Texas Rep. Ted Poe, according to a Congressional Quarterly report from 2007.

In 1992, Clemens and his wife Debra established The Roger Clemens Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children, especially at-risk children, through educational, charitable, literary, scientific and religious activities.

He currently serves as a special assistant to the general manager of the Astros, where he works with the team's pitchers providing instruction and player evaluation.

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