NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When state Sen. Mark Green abandoned his bid for Tennessee governor in June after his failed nomination for Army secretary, he said he would turn his attention to a “higher capacity“ in Washington.

But the Ashland City Republican announced Wednesday that that won’t include a run for the U.S. House or Senate next year.

The Tennessean reports that Green said in a talk radio interview that he will instead remain in the state Legislature and launch a nationwide foundation aimed at recruiting people of faith to run for office.

Green told WWTN-FM host Ralph Bristol he won’t rule out a run for higher office in the future.

Some Tennessee conservatives had held out hope that Green would run for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s seat in next year’s Republican primary.

Information from: The Tennessean,

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