U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, in an unguarded moment with reporters after a speech at the National Press Club on Thursday, said he will only serve one term regardless of how President Obama does in next year’s election.
LaHood said he had not yet informed President Obama about his decision.
“He’s never asked me. This has been a great run. I’ve enjoyed it,” he was quoted as saying.
He made his comments to reporters from Transport Topics
, a trucking industry newspaper controlled by the American Trucking Associations, and the Chicago Tribune
LaHood retired in 2008 after serving 14 years as a Republican congressman from Illinois, but quickly accepted an offer to join the administration of President Obama, a Democrat.
He said he would look for a job in the private sector rather than seek public office again, according to the Tribune