Life is about setting priorities. My service to Waldo County, fulfilling my role as Senate President, being leader of the Senate Republican caucus, and running my business are all priorities I take very seriously. Over the last few months, I’ve come to realize there just isn’t time to do all of these things and run for governor at the same time.
Right now, there are too many important issues at play in the legislature for me to divert my attention away from the State House. Most notably, the important issue of tax conformity remains uncertain. Should the legislature fail to conform, I truly fear the impact it will have on Maine’s economy. This is a point of crisis for Maine’s businesses and families, and I feel an obligation to continue this fight on their behalf as Senate President. Fulfilling this obligation, and continuing to stand up for Maine’s working families as I pledged to do when I was elected to the Senate, will take a tremendous amount of work in the coming weeks and months.
I also run a business that, on its own, is a full-time job. I have an obligation to my employees and my customers to make sure our business continues to grow and prosper. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to run a business, run the State Senate, have a quality family life, and run for governor.
Therefore, I have decided to withdraw from the Republican Primary for governor.
I am truly disappointed to have to make this decision, but I believe in my heart it is the right thing to do. I want to thank my family, friends and supporters across this state. I know many of them will be disappointed as well.
I got into this race because I wanted to make Maine a better place for our citizens to live and work, and I have decided to withdraw from this race for the same exact reason. There is much work to be done, and I look forward to continuing the fight for strong communities and a growing economy.