Democrat Craft confirms he’s dropping congressional bidby George Bennett | March 26th, 2010
Democrat Chris Craft has just sent an e-mail to supporters confirming he’s dropping his bid for U.S. Congress against freshman Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta.
Craft, despite underwhelming fund-raising and the likelihood of little or no support from the national party, says he’s confident he would have won, but needs to focus “overtime” on boosting the local economy in his job as a St. Lucie County commissioner.
Read Craft’s statement after the jump….
Statement from Chris Craft:
Regretfully, I write to inform you that I have made the difficult decision to end my campaign for Congress.
This is a time of historic proportion. We have not had an economic downturn like this since the Great Depression. Over the past two years, St. Lucie County – like all other counties in Florida and across the country – has dramatically suffered from the effects of the recession. We are now faced with an enormous budget shortfall and a situation that requires the undivided attention from each of our county’s elected officials.
I have always prided myself on being a full-time County Commissioner. But now I need to be an overtime County Commissioner.
I am confident we would have been victorious in November. However, right now I need to focus my work on bringing jobs to St. Lucie County. Over the course of the last eight months, I have been moved and touched by the amount of support that I have received from you. You opened up your homes and hearts to me, Patti, and Sydni and I cannot thank you enough.
I look forward to many more years in public service. Together, we will overcome our differences, build consensus and find solutions to the difficult challenges facing our community.
Thank you so very much for your support and encouragement throughout this campaign.
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