Former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed will not campaign for the congressional seat of retiring Rep. John Linder of Georgia.
In a statement, Wednesday, Reed said that "after much thought and prayer," the best way for him to advance conservative principles is through the Faith and Freedom Coalition, of which he is founding chairman.
The FFC has more than 150,000 members. The group's goal is to mobilize younger, social conservatives for the 2010 midterm elections and beyond.
"In 2010 and 2012, FFC will register an estimated one million new faith-based voters and make tens of millions of voter contacts in what may be the largest conservative get-out-the-vote effort in modern political history," he added in his statement.
Reed -- who's never held political office -- did not rule out possibly running in the future, but said that "this is the right decision at this time for me and the Reed family.