Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff just announced on facebook that he is suspending his campaign for U.S. Senate

From AG Shurtleff's facebook page:

Mark Shurtleff: Today I suspend my US Senate campaign due to family concerns. I appreciate all the support you have given.

From Mark's website: 
Today, I am announcing the suspension of my campaign for the U.S. Senate. This announcement comes with sorrow because I do want to serve my country, and I do believe both political parties have put this nation in grave danger by spending so foolishly that our children and grandchildren will have a difficult time recovering.

I have chosen to take pause because my daughter’s
health is very fragile.  She is struggling with emotional issues and has recently been placed in a treatment center.  Her recovery depends on the focus and energy we give her as parents over the next several months.  In the time since I announced my candidacy for the U.S. Senate, she has started experiencing severe mental health problems and is now in a treatment center. M’liss and I have been told by her doctors that we will be needed in numerous counseling sessions to give our daughter a chance of recovery.

Many of you know that I had a serious motorcycle accident a few years ago, and I would have lost my leg if I had not paused and taken the time to receive medical treatment to take care of it. I am not willing to lose my daughter, so I am suspending my campaign to care for her and my family. Most folks understand physical illness; it is my hope that people will learn how serious and dangerous mental illness can be.

I want to thank the thousands of supporters who have been by my side thus far.  I ask for your prayers for my family and specifically my daughter.  We don’t think our trials are any harder than rest of the world’s, but right now, we could use a little extra help.

To the citizens of Utah, rest assured, I will continue to do everything I can as Attorney General
to protect you against identity theft, internet predators and anyone who tries to bring harm to the children and families of this great state.


Mark Shurtleff

Mark, you, your family and specifically your daughter are in my prayers.  


George said...

Kind comments Rob, always the higher road. The reality is that it just made your man Sam's effort a lot tougher. No R's squabbling here. Any other R going to challenge the Senator?

Personally I am too jaded to accept the AG's explanation. Maybe Senator Bennett will do a Leno and name the AG to succeed him in six years for his loyalty now. Politics is never about what it seems on the surface or what you read from the candidate. The truth of things is always very allusive.

BTW, when do the DCDP folks meet again?

bekkieann said...

I saw Chavetz' name being bandied about on the news last night. As the darling of the ultra ultra right wing who feel sold out by Bennett, that could prove to be an interesting contest. And could help our cause.

Like you, George, I believe there's more to this story than we know.