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WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann said Thursday he is weighing a run for Congress.
Swann, a Republican who lost Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race last fall, said he has been approached to run for the Pittsburgh-area seat held by Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire.
"I'm still collecting information," Swann, of Sewickley Heights, Pa., told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "People are still talking to me about it."
Swann would not say who has talked to him or when he plans to make up his mind.
"It's a process. It's not a matter at this point about whether it's something I thought about doing in the past or would think about doing in the future," Swann said. "It's a matter of getting information and keeping an open mind."
Swann, a Hall of Fame receiver for the Steelers, made his political debut in a run against Gov. Ed Rendell in November. Before that, he had worked as a reporter and analyst for ABC Sports.
In his race, he advocated slashing state taxes, limiting spending and overhauling the local property tax system. But Swann couldn't keep up with Rendell financially, raising about $11 million to Rendell's $32 million.
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