Will the U.S. be able to survive without Ron Paul in the House of Representatives? We're about to find out.
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."
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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.