When I first decided to run for Congress, I did so because I felt it was important for the voters in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District to have a real choice against an entrenched incumbent who was out of touch with their beliefs and priorities. Contrary to the generally held viewpoint that he is a moderate, Rep. Wolf was voting with Tea Party Republicans, which eventually resulted in sequester and the shutdown of the federal government. When he announced his retirement, the seat became the focus of both parties’ efforts to control the House of Representatives.
For months now, I have been appearing before groups of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination and a few things have become clear to me. First, my message regarding the issues I have been discussing has been resonating with the people. They have been very responsive to me and I have been building new relationships. Second, the primary format the party chose (a convention) does not favor a relative newcomer to the party. Third, my primary opponent has been cultivating relationships in the party for years which works to his advantage, especially in light of the primary process.
My team and I have taken a hard look at the present situation. As a result, I have decided it would be in the best interests of all involved for me to stand down and endorse John Foust as the candidate with the best shot at winning the seat in November. That is why I have reached out to John and told him I am suspending my campaign and will be supporting his candidacy.
I will continue to be active in our community on issues of concern to all of us such as student loan debt, generating activity in the real estate market, and immigration reform. I’ve spent the past thirty years fighting for people in my law practice, and I don’t intend to stop now. On the contrary, I will continue to look for opportunities to serve my fellow Virginians and hope you will join with me again when the time is right.
Thank you so much for your support, encouragement, and hard work. You have been an inspiration to me. There is so much more we can do together when the time is right. I believe the opportunity to do so will be right around the corner.