CHARLESTON (AP) – Gaston Caperton is done with politics. Many considered the former governor a potential candidate for U.S. Senate when Sen. Jay Rockefeller announced his plans to retire after 2014, but Caperton said he has no interest in Capitol Hill.
“I’m almost 73 years old. People ask me, ‘Why are you not running for United States Senate?’ If I did, I’d be elected at 75 years old and, six years later, I’d be 81 years old if I ran for re-election,” he said.
“I’m not going to run again.”
It’s not an entirely surprising decision. Caperton has campaigned for office exactly twice in his life: the 1988 bid for governor, in which he defeated incumbent Gov. Arch Moore, and his 1992 re-election campaign.