Thursday, July 3, 2008

Keith Hummel Suspends His Campaign

Earlier today Keith Hummel, who was the Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District here in Virginia, announced that he would be suspending his campaign. The reasoning he gives is that "past financial difficulties" will "become a distraction from the real issues at stake in this election."
"I have always said that I am an imperfect candidate. Unfortunately, our elections today revolve around narrow and simplistic assessments of viability. Under such circumstances, it is little wonder that the politics of personal attack and destruction turn the mistakes of the past into harbingers of the future with little understanding that the brutal lessons learned through our life's struggles are valuable ingredients for successful leaders," said Hummel.

"This was not an easy decision, but I cannot stand by and watch as those who seek to sabotage the promise of a new kind of politics use my financial history as a lever to fracture the hope for a better America," he said.
Although this seat was long considered to remain in Republican hands, Hummel had received a fair amount of support in the district and there was a chance he could have defeated freshman Congressman Rob Whitman. I think the question that is now facing Democrats is who they will put forward, if anyone, as a candidate in the race. State Senator Edd Houck and Delegate Albert Pollard have both been mentioned as potential candidates, but both seem to be happy with the position they are in now and are probably not going to run.

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