[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/13/art.perkins0313.gi.jpg caption="Tony Perkins has announced that he will not challenge Louisiana's Republican Sen. David Vitter in 2010."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told the Louisiana Republican Party Friday that he will not seek the GOP Senate nomination in 2010.
“This is not the right time,” Perkins said in a letter to Roger Villere, the chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party.
There had been speculation that Perkins would challenge incumbent Republican Sen. David Vitter, who has been tarnished by his alleged involvement with a prostitute.
But Perkins informed Villere that he supported Vitter’s bid for re-election in 2010. Vitter “is a strong advocate for conservative principles in the U.S. Senate,” Perkins wrote.
Updated: 5:35 p.m.