FLORIDA - Former U.S. Senator George LeMieux, a candidate in the Republican primary for the Florida U.S. Senate, announced today that he is ending his campaign.
LeMieux cited several reasons for the termination of his campaign in You Tube video. Namely, that the establishment has thrown their support behind rival candidate Connie Mack who enjoys name recognition from his former Senator father, Mack refuses to debate LeMieux, and that LeMieux's campaign cannot financial support the needed advertising in the primary race.
"It is not my nature to step aside. But there is a reality to running a statewide race in Florida," Mack said. "Without the resources or the opportunity to debate, our message simply cannot be heard. This campaign was never about me. It was about my four kids, and your kids and grandkids, and ensuring that they inherit an America with as much opportunity and prosperity as the America left to us."
Mack issued the following statement regarding George LeMieux’s withdrawal from the race for U.S. Senate:
“We welcome the latest statement form George LeMieux and agree that the internal fight among Republicans would not have been helpful in our shared commitment to defeat Bill Nelson. I welcome and thank George for his decision to support my campaign.
I urge all the citizens of Florida who want less government, less taxing, less spending and more freedom to now join with us in our campaign to defeat Bill Nelson and to help Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama.
This election is the most important in our life time. Our very freedom, security and prosperity hang in the balance. Bill Nelson and Barack Obama have put our country on the road to Greece. Make no mistake, the people of Florida have had more than enough of these failed Lockstep Liberals."
LeMieux's withdrawal from the senate race comes one month after former U.S. Representative Dave Weldon made his late announcement that he would enter the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.