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Paper: Kennedy Won’t Run for House

August 1, 2001

CHICAGO (AP) _ William Kennedy Smith, the nephew of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy who was found innocent of a rape charge in 1991, has decided not to run for Congress in 2002, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.

Smith told newspaper that he won’t seek the seat being vacated by Rep. Rod Blagojevich, although he might run for public office someday.

``I hope sometime in my life to have that honor and that experience,″ said Smith, a physician and international leader in opposing the use of land mines.

Smith said his decision not to run was prompted in part by a Sun-Times story that ran Sunday. The story said he was surveying voters on whether his rape trial, which was televised, would affect his ability to serve in the House.

Smith said he was ``surprised at the level of attention″ the newspaper article received.

In his 1991 trial, Smith testified that he had consensual sex with his accuser.

Blagojevich, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Chicago and its northwestern suburbs, is leaving Congress to run for Illinois governor. For other Democrats are vying for the seat.

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