Energy Secretary James B. Edwards, reported earlier this week as considering another run for South Carolina governor, told a Senate committee yesterday that he was "here for the duration."

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) had jokingly asked Edwards, testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, if he was "here campaigning for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve or for the governorship of South Carolina?"

"The stories about my impending resignation to run for governor of South Carolina have no truth at all to them," Edwards replied.

"When I became governor of South Carolina, I had to drag my wife kicking and screaming into the governor's mansion. When we left, I had to drag her kicking and screaming back home.

"My wife and I are beginning to enjoy the climate up here. I'm afraid I would have to take her away kicking and screaming again."

In the earlier reports, Edwards, who has had some trouble getting the upper hand at the large and complex Energy Department, was quoted as saying that he didn't plan to leave "anytime soon." But he had been encouraged to run in South Carolina and figured he had until the end of the year to make up his mind.