Harford County Executive David R. Craig said last week that he has no desire to run for Congress, dismissing reports on two Web sites that listed him as a potential candidate.
Craig, who worked on two of Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest's campaigns, was listed recently as a potential primary challenger to the seven-term Republican, who has drawn criticism from the GOP for voting to require the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
The publisher of one of the Web sites, Politics1.com, said he was contacted by "some conservative activists in the area."
"They're trying to encourage Craig to run," the Florida-based publisher, Ron Gunzburger, wrote in an e-mail.
He said he could not recall who contacted him by e-mail.
Craig, who will turn 58 next month, said he had not been contacted by anyone about running and is not interested in the idea. Appointed to Harford's top post in 2005 and elected last fall, he said he wants to serve two terms as county executive.
"Wayne and I are good friends," Craig said. "I have enough of a job here."
Gilchrest's district covers the Eastern Shore and parts of Harford, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.
Last week, Andrew P. Harris, a Republican state senator from Baltimore County, announced his potential candidacy for the spot.
Another site, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, where articles can be edited by Internet users, also listed Craig as a potential candidate.
Members of the Republican central committee said they had not had discussions with Craig about joining the race. But political observers noted that Craig would hardly represent the hard-line conservative that some in GOP circles are pushing to replace Gilchrest. Though a dedicated Republican, Craig's policies and political ideology are considered moderate.