Congressman Ross Says Run for Governor Still in Future

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Democratic Congressman Mike Ross says he's not ruling out a run for the state's top office.

Ross told The Associated Press in an interview that he loves his job in Washington, but he'd like to be able to live with his family year-round in Arkansas.

Ross said, "I'd love the opportunity at some point in the future to come home and help lead our state, absolutely.  I'd be lying if I told you anything else."

Ross was considered a top candidate for governor and briefly thought about a run before backing current Governor Mike Beebe, who won last year's election.  Ross, who served with Beebe in the state Senate and calls him a friend, says he probably would have run for governor last year if Beebe had not.

Ross, who is running for his fifth term next year, says he has no plans to run for governor in 2010 if Beebe seeks re-election.

When asked when his "turn" to run for governor would be, Ross said "That's something the people would have to decide."

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