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Jessica Rudd rules out Griffith tilt

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Jessica Rudd has ruled out running in the seat of Griffith in the wake of her father’s resignation.

“I’m flattered to be considered a potential candidate but I spent the morning writing with (daughter) Josie on our Beijing play-mat surrounded by duplo,” Ms Rudd Tweeted

“For now this is where I belong.

“Our local branch members will choose an excellent candidate for this by-election, big boots to fill and that person can count on my support.”

Fairfax Media had reported the former prime minister sought and received assurances from key powerbrokers to have Jessica anointed as his replacement.

Mr Rudd announced on Wednesday night he is quitting politics, which will spark a by-election an inner Brisbane seat he has held for 15 years.

The once safe Labor seat is now held by a three percent margin.

Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie has also ruled out a tilt.

“I only came back to Rudd in Forde because it was indicated to me that I could assist in winning other seats in Queensland to help the Labor party stay in office,” he told the ABC.

“I reluctantly came out of retirement, I have no interest in running for a seat.”

ALP Queensland secretary Anthony Chisholm doesn’t support any deal made over the heads of grassroots ALP members.

“To be clear in regards to Griffith, I support a full rank and file ballot in accordance with @QLDLabor rules, I welcome eligible candidates,” he tweeted.