October 23, 2007

Watts Withdraws

Per the release...

"For the last five months I have been exploring a race for the United States Senate because I believe that our junior senator, John Cornyn, has let Texas down and is more concerned with his cronies and friends in Washington than with what's best for Texas.

"After spending the last several months putting everything into this
campaign, I have seen the toll this effort has taken on my young children.
For these reasons, my wife and I have made the decision that I will not be
seeking the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate in 2008. I
was brought up to believe that public service is a noble endeavor and I will
continue to be involved at some level in the future. However, I realize that
my time now should be devoted to serving my children so they may grow up in
a healthy environment with both parents at home to meet their needs.

"The reasons for creating my exploratory committee still exist. As I have
criss-crossed the state and met and talked with tens of thousands of good
Texans, it is evident how much the people of Texas want and need a Senator
who will fight every day for their interests and not the special interests.
We need to elect a new Senator in Texas and I will personally do everything
possible to support the Democratic nominee.

"It is hard to express the gratitude I feel for all the support my family
and I have received as we have pursued this effort. I know that our vision
for the future of Texas is one that all of our friends and supporters share.
It's been one of the greatest blessings of my life for their faith in me,
and for all of their hard work over the past months. While the decision not
to seek the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate has been a
difficult one, I know that it is the right one for my family at this time."

I gotta tell you, running for office is a pain in the ass, especially statewide. It is unbelievably hard on families and I can completely understand this, especially since he has younger children. While I didn't like him as a candidate for Senate against Cornyn, I do have a tremendous amount of respect for the man and what he's accomplished in this life.

Thank you, Mikal, for exiting as gracefully as you entered and for helping to bring attention to this race.

Posted by mcblogger at October 23, 2007 09:20 AM

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