US Rep. Costello won’t reconsider stepping aside

US Rep. Costello won’t reconsider stepping aside

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Representative Jerry Costello (D-IL) chairs a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Aviation hearing about airline safety and pilot training February 4, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing was held on the one year anniversary of the crash of flight #3407 in upstate New York, which has been blamed on several factors, including pilot training. (Photo by Chris Kleponis/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Calvin Scovill;Randolph Babbitt

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 1:16 PM

BELLEVILLE, Illinois -- Congressman Jerry Costello says he won’t reconsider his decision to step aside and not seek re-election.

Costello made that statement Tuesday after the Democratic nominee to fill his southern Illinois congressional seat said he is dropping out of the race for medical reasons.

Costello says the decision by Brad Harriman to withdrawal from the 12th Congressional District race was understandable.

Harriman says he has a noticeably worsening neurological condition that now requires surgery. The former regional education administrator didn’t disclose the ailment he says he’s endured since 2010, although he says it isn’t life-threatening.

Harriman had been challenging Republican Jason Plummer for the seat Costello is leaving.

Costello said Tuesday that he would co-chair the selection committee to find another candidate and that those discussions would begin soon.

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