Missouri House Republicans sided with Majority Leader John Diehl, of Town and Country, who had been challenged by Rep. Caleb Jones, of California, Mo.
Tilley cited his optometry practice, working on campaigns and spending time with his two daughters as the key factors in his decision.
“For the first time in the state of Missouri we have a head to head match up with Mitt Romney.”
Rabbitt died Friday of heart failure at age 76.
“Running statewide would require me to spend even a greater amount of time apart from my daughters, something I am just not willing to do,” said Tilley
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says the leader of the Illinois Democratic Party should not be rubbing elbows with Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehmer.