Republicans Pressure Harris County DA Not to Run

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HOUSTON (AP) - Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal is rejecting calls by the county Republican Party to give up his 2008 re-election campaign.

His party's request came because of a scandal over affectionate e-mails Rosenthal sent to his secretary.

Fifteen members of the Harris County Republican party's Advisory Committee voted unanimously to urge Rosenthal to withdraw from the March 4 GOP primary.

Harris County Republican Chairman Jared Woodfill says Rosenthal had made a serious error in judgment and called the e-mails horrible.

Woodfill says they've contacted about 10 potential candidates. He refused to name the potential candidates but said he is certain one or more challengers will register before Wednesday's deadline.

E-mails from Rosenthal to his secretary, Kerry Stevens, surfaced last week as part of a federal civil rights lawsuit.

They contain the phrase "I love you" more than a dozen times, and Rosenthal asks Stevens to let him hold her.

"The very next time I see you, I want to kiss you behind your right ear," Rosenthal wrote Stevens in an e-mail dated Aug. 10, 2007.