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The Sacramento TV news anchor approached to challenge GOP Rep. Tom McClintock says he isn't running for Congress after all.

Earlier today, KXTV-TV anchor-reporter Walt Gray said he had been courted to run in the 4th Congressional District.

"I've always had a strong advisory group of rogues, friends and motorcyclists to raise money for charity and assist in all my endeavors in Sacramento the past 26 years," Gray told The Bee. "Should I need them ... they're here."

Gray, known for his annual motorcycle trek benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, said in a statement hours later that he isn't running.

"I am humbled and flattered to have been contacted about running for the 4th District Congressional seat," he wrote. "I truly love spending time in that part of the state. It's just not something that I can see doing. I enjoy serving the people in my current role at News10 and hope to focus my attention on that and being around to help my wife, Monica, raise our three young kids. I will see you on News10 on Saturdays and Sundays at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m."

Gray spent 24 years as an anchor and reporter at KCRA-TV and made a brief stint hosting morning radio before returning to the television airwaves.

For what it's worth, Jon Huey, McClintock's campaign manager, had this to say about a possible run by Gray: "Tom has known and liked him for many years and believes he would be an interesting and articulate voice in the race."

PHOTO: Walt Gray. KXTV-TV News10


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