Science  14 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5844, pp. 1479c
DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5844.1479c

… BOWING OUT. Peter Agre, the Nobelist in chemistry who dreamed of becoming a senator, has decided after dipping into Minnesota's politics that the waters are too chilly for him. Agre, 58, took leave from his job as vice chancellor for science at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, to see if he could stir up enough enthusiasm—and cash—for a run next year against the incumbent senator, Republican Norm Coleman (Science, 25 May, p. 1112).

To his dismay, says Agre, an outspoken liberal, the main obstacle was not conservative opposition but an inability to impress the Democratic Party, whose help he needed: “There's a huge priority on how much money you can raise; … [party leaders] were looking for at least $10 million.” He says having two rich Democrats already in the field—comedian Al Franken and attorney Michael Ciresi—also put a damper on his plans.

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