Will the U.S. be able to survive without Ron Paul in the House of Representatives? We're about to find out.
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Paul's district newspaper, the Brazosport Facts, reports today that Paul will not seek re-election after almost a quarter-century in Congress.
Instead, the 75-year-old pol will concentrate on his pipe-dream 2012 presidential campaign.
"I felt it was better that I concentrate on one election," Paul told the paper. "It's about that time when I should change tactics."
Paul's idiosyncratic views seemed largely out of place with Brazoria County -- some fit, others didn't. But he has a reputation for sterling constituent service and has never really faced much opposition, even when Frank Sinatra Jr. was there campaigning for his ex-wife.