Purcell Says no to 14th District Run

-By Warner Todd Huston

Looks like Jim Purcell, a solid conservative, has decided not to run for the 14th District seat after all. That still leaves four Republicans in the race.

Still in:

Here is the Purcell press release:

Purcell Keeps Options Open

BATAVIA. Joined by his wife, Jill, Batavia businessman Jim Purcell announced today the end of his campaign for the Republican nomination to the 14th Congressional District, citing his desire not to divide the conservative vote.

“My decision today is to ‘take one for the team.’ It is extremely important that Republicans take back the 14th Congressional District from Bill Foster and Nancy Pelosi. But the only way this will happen is if Republicans nominate a conservative candidate not plugged into the establishment that is responsible for losing our majority in Congress.

Purcell said he is concerned that an Ethan Hastert victory in the primary would only lead to a Republican loss in the fall.

“Ethan is a very nice young man, but the reality is that his family is a liability in the General Election. Dennis Hastert is the very kind of Republican that voters resoundingly rejected in 2006. I don’t believe Ethan will be able to get past that, regardless of how far ‘right’ he runs in the primary. Voters are tired of actors. They want real leadership.”

Purcell thanked all his supporters for their hard work and dedication during his campaign.

“The most satisfying part of my campaign was meeting some fantastic people from all over the 14th District. I was greatly humbled by the support I received and know that all the work put into my campaign was done not for me, but for our country and our children. I am proud to be a part of a community of so many patriots and I encourage them to continue the fight.”

Purcell said that his withdrawal from the Republican Primary does not mean the end of his involvement in politics.

“I continue to have a deep desire to help our community, our state, and our country. But as my wife has reminded me many times, there are many ways to do that. As usual, she is right. So all I can say is ‘stay tuned’ because I’m here to stay.”

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