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Cole not interest in governor job

Oklahoma City_Rep. Tom Cole says he's not interested in running to succeed Brad Henry as the next Governor of Oklahoma.  The 59-year-old Republican had been considered as a potential candidate for the post, but he told The Oklahoman Monday in Washington that he wants to continue working on issues at the federal level.

Cole also said there's other strong Republican candidates.  Republican Rep. Mary Fallin has announced that she is running for Governor and former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts, a Republican who is in business in Washington, has surfaced as a potential candidate.

On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. Jari Askins is running and Attorney General Drew Edmondson says he may be interested.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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