Josh Romney said Saturday he has decided not to run for Congress so he can spend more time with his young family after being away for much of the past year campaigning for his father, former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

"It's been a lot of excitement for the family, but it's been a tough year for us as well," Josh Romney told the Deseret Morning News. "We're just not quite ready to hop into another tough race."

His decision comes just over a week after he told the Morning News that he'd been approached to run as Republican against 2nd Congressional District Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and was seriously considering entering the race.

But on Saturday, Josh Romney said he realized it was just too soon after his father's campaign. Mitt Romney, the former leader of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, dropped out of the presidential race last month, after a disappointing Super Tuesday showing on Feb. 5.

"I'm not too disappointed, not at all," Josh Romney said of not getting into what would have been a competitive race for the only Utah Congressional seat held by a Democrat. "I think this is a decision that is right. I definitely don't want to rush into anything."

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