Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett announced allegedly, he will not.for re-election by a battle with alcoholism
Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett announced on Monday he was not seeking re-election because of his constant battle with alcoholism.
The announcement comes just three days after Garrett assured the voters that he was not to abandon his candidacy for a second term in Congress despite a week of turmoil, including he reports and his wife turned the staff in his own “personal servant.”
“Every person – Republican, Democrat or independent—who known me know for each time and everyone has integrity, two things: I am a good person, and I’m an alcoholic,” Garrett said in a video recorded at the state Capitol in Richmond. “This is the hardest statement I ever made to the public. It is also the truth.”
Garrett’s tepid fundraising, worried members of his party had, but, he said, to seek his decision, another term was not motivated by the fear of losing his seat. Garrett said: “sometimes winning means knowing where your priorities should be.”
“This is not the end for me or my values in service to my fellow man, it’s just a new beginning,” Garrett said.
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Republican party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck thanked Garrett for his service in a statement late Monday night:
“On behalf of the Republicans in Virginia and especially in the Fifth district, Tom Garrett to thank for his service. Drug abuse is a serious Problem that extends even to the halls of Congress. Tom has a tremendous amount of courage and bring his own battle to light. We wish him and his family all the best.
The Fifth district Committee begins the process of selecting a replacement nominee, immediately. “Congressman Garrett, the decision is not up for re-election, makes it all the more urgent that we select the right candidate, the defeat of the anti-Semitic Democrat nominee, Leslie Cockburn.”
Garrett, the representative of the 5. District of Virginia, now of the group of nearly 40 other Republicans, will not return to Congress after the 2018 midterm elections.
Last week, former Virginia state senator was accused of making Congressional staffers to pick up the food, and Chauffeur his children and clean up after his dog, according to a report in the Politico.
A spokesman for Matt to Miss, said in a statement to Politico that the allegations are “unfounded”.
Garrett’s Democratic Challenger Leslie Cockburn, who has allegedly collected in the face of more money than the Republican incumbent.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and the Associated Press contributed to this report.