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Collin Peterson says he'll seek re-election

Democratic Representative Collin Peterson said Tuesday he will run for re-election in 2010, denouncing rumors that he might retire.

"I'm running for re-election and anyone who knows me knows that what I'm doing now is what I've always done," Peterson said in a statement.

Peterson represents Minnesota's 7th District, which includes most of western Minnesota.

He said he already filed his paperwork and plans to make an official announcement in February.

"I think political campaigns are already too long, and my constituents agree, and so I wait and do what I can to make mine as short as I can," Peterson said.

Peterson blamed the National Republican Party for rumors that he was planning to retire.

"I don't know why anyone would give credibility to these Republican rumors," Peterson said. "As for why they are working so hard to circulate this baloney, I think they're just trying to stir things up because they don't have a candidate to run against me."

Meanwhile, National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tom Erickson said, "Peterson has no one to blame but himself for this speculation that he'd retire."

"Peterson's fundraising is stagnant, he denigrated his district by claiming one-quarter of his constituents believe 9/11 was an inside job ... and just last week he refused to commit to another campaign," Erickson said in a statement.

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