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Lessig's Bid for Congress Ends As Quickly As Begins

Never mind! Days after publicly mulling a bid for Congress on his Web site, Stanford law professor, Lawrence Lessig, said he won't be making the bid after all.

Lessig, a Silicon Valley icon and champion of open Internet policies, had contemplated last week running for the seat vacated by the death of Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) earlier this month. He said thousands of supporters who had created a Web site and encouraged Lessig to run as part of his larger "Change Congress" movement, sparked his consideration of running for politics.

But after consulting a pollster, he realized that with just 30 days before the election, a bid looked impossible against a popular opponent, Jackie Speier. In a video clip with his signature presentation style of using single words popping up on a screen to punctuate his narrative, Lessig said a defeat in a political campaign would harm his greater objective of quashing the influence of deep pocketed lobbyists on lawmakers in Washington D.C.

"Losing big in the first battle ... would do more harm than good for that movement," Lessig said.

By Cecilia Kang  |  February 27, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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