Washington (CNN) – Republican Pete Hoekstra is taking a pass at the opportunity to challenge Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the former 9-term congressman announced Friday.
"After serious consideration and many discussions with friends and supporters, Diane and I have made the decision that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2012," Hoekstra wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "This was an extremely difficult decision for us to make as we saw strong points both for and against running. However, in our final analysis, we agreed that it was not in the best interest of our family at this time to enter the race."
Hoekstra chose to forgo reelection in 2010 to instead run for governor, but lost in the primary.