Local : McCarthy Won’t Run for Governor, Will Seek Third Term in No.2 Spot

From Times staff and wire service reports

Lt. Gov. Leo T. McCarthy announced today that he will seek a third term as lieutenant governor, ending speculation that he was considering a bid for the governorship or retirement from public life.

“I listened to the advice, and I have decided the best way for me to continue to make a difference for California is not to move up, and not to move on, but to move forward as lieutenant governor,” the 58-year-old Democrat said.

McCarthy told a news conference at a Burbank hotel that he is forming a committee to raise funds for his reelection campaign in 1990. Contrary to earlier speculation, McCarthy did not endorse a candidate for governor although he did say he has discussed his plans with Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp, who is planning to run for governor.