Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, a crusader for online freedoms who is turning his attention to political corruption, has decided not to run for the 12th Congressional District seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo.
From his blog:
With lots of mixed feelings, I have decided a run for Congress would not help the Change Congress movement. I explain the thinking in this 5 minute video (a new record for me!). First question: What happens to the contributions to Lessig08? As explained on the ActBlue page, all will go to (the yet to be established) Change Congress organization.
Thanks to everyone who helped me make this decision — and especially the many friends in the harshest way told me it would be a mistake.
So, say hello to Congresswoman Jackie Speier!