[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/10/art.ralphreed.file.gi.jpg caption="Ralph Reed announced Wednesday he will not run for Congress."]Washington (CNN) - Conservative activist Ralph Reed has decided not to run for the Georgia congressional seat being vacated by Rep. John Linder.
Reed said he "can best advance conservative principles" through his consulting firm and his role as chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
"I had to make a choice," Reed said in a statement. "I believe electing 50 to 100 men and women of character and conservative beliefs to Congress and statewide office over the next two election cycles is a more efficacious way to advance the conservative agenda than seeking public office myself in 2010."
He added: "Should that door open in the future, perhaps I will arrive at a different decision, but I know this is the right decision at this time for me and the Reed family."