“It is with the deepest sadness that I announce today that I am withdrawing my candidacy for U.S. House of Representatives in the May 11 special election. I will also not be running in the November general election.
“This is not a decision I have made lightly, but recent events within my family demand that I leave the business of politics aside and focus on my duties as a husband, father, and grandfather. My family has always come first, and that has not and will not change.
“I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the many committed citizens who have supported my campaign with their time, money, and hard work. I apologize deeply that I will not be able to continue this magnificent effort.
“I wish my former opponents in this campaign the best of luck. Over the past months, I've gotten to know some of them well, and I know they share a common commitment to serving their nation. Though we may disagree on particulars, I wish them all well.”