(CNN) – The Republican congressman who lost to New York Democrat Eric Massa in 2008 announced Wednesday that he will not run again for the now vacant seat.
"Over the last week, I have heard from hundreds of my former constituents urging me to run for my old congressional seat," Randy Kuhl said in a written statement. "Their emotional plea to me was humbling and most appreciative. But, after careful consideration, I have decided to forgo a run for Congress. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me during my 28 years of public service."
In the statement, Kuhl also urged his neighbors and friends to support Republican Tom Reed's candidacy for Massa's old seat. Reed announced his bid prior to Massa's surprise decision last week not to seek re-election in November which was followed by another surprise announcement that Massa would resign effective Monday evening.
–CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.