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The personal reasons sound convincing in this case, but I can't help but wonder whether the decision not to run again made by 79-year-old Joe Bruno, the longtime Republican leader in the New York Senate, is a sign he believes his party is about to lose its decades-old hold on the chamber.
His decision did not appear to be related to a federal investigation of his outside business interests, according to people with knowledge of the investigation.
But there was little doubt that Mr. Bruno had grown fatigued in recent months, worn down by the two-year investigation, the increasing stress over whether his party could hold on to its one-seat majority in the Senate, and the death in January of his wife of 57 years, Bobbie.
"After 32 years in office, I have decided that it is time to move on with my life and to give my constituents an opportunity for new representation and my colleagues in the Senate who have supported me an opportunity for new leadership," Mr. Bruno said in a statement. He added: "Politics is a tough ballgame. Tougher now than it has ever been."
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