Massachusetts Republicans will have to come up with another candidate if the party hopes to challenge Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley this fall.
After two weeks of serious deliberation, Peter Flaherty, a former prosecutor and long-time aide to Mitt Romney, has decided against taking the plunge.
"After talking this through at great length with my family, I've decided not to pursue the office of attorney general," Flaherty told the Globe this afternoon.
Flaherty, who has three young sons, said the prospect of losing so much family time was decisive.
"I know that the days of Little League games and bedtime stories go by in the blink of an eye, and I'm not prepared to miss those magical moments."
Flaherty, who served 13 years as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, held key roles in Romney's 2008 presidential campaign and during his governorship. He continues to advise Romney and is a principal in the Boston-based Shawmut Group, which helped guide Scott Brown to his upset victory over Coakley in the special US Senate election in January.
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