FILE - Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wisconsin

Republican Congressman Sean Duffy says it's no for now to elected office, not no forever.

Duffy shocked Wisconsin's political world on Monday when he announced his sudden retirement from Congress. 

Duffy has spent eight years in Washington representing the state's Seventh Congressional District, essentially the northwestern third of the state. 

Duffy told Fox News Tuesday morning that he is stepping away to spend more time with his family. He said he is not stepping away forever. 

"I might come back to politics, I don't know what I am going to to do," Duffy said. "At this time, I need to take a moment and make sure Rachel and I and this baby are healthy and doing well."

Duffy says the to-be-born baby, his ninth child, has been diagnosed with a heart condition. 

Duffy's future plans are of some importance to Republicans in Wisconsin. He has been a big name on the short list of possible candidates for either governor or U.S. Senate in 2022.

Duffy said all of the kind words from fellow Republicans after his announcement caught him off guard. 

"I kind of felt like I was at my funeral yesterday," Duffy joked.  "I will figure out different things to do where I have a better balance where I can support Rachel and the kids. But not with the same schedule I have as a U.S. Congressman."

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday announced there will be a special election to fill Duffy's seat.  But that election may not come until next spring. 

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An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois and Wisconsin statewide issues for The Center Square.