CD 8 candidate Brian Miller announced tonight that he is ending his campaign for U.S. House.
At an event scheduled with former UA Basketball Coach Lute Olson, one of his early supporters, Miller made this announcement at the Skybox restaurant, 5605 E. River Rd.
Fellow candidate Andy Goss withdrew his candidacy on July 7, endorsing Jesse Kelly.
Miller, a Major and senior pilot in the United States Air Force Reserve, 45th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, said he would support Jonathan Paton in this race in the August 24 primary.
This leaves Jesse Kelly, Jonathan Paton and Jay Quick running in the CD 8 House Republican race. I last wrote about this race when all four candidates appeared on KUAT’s Arizona Illustrated on July 30 (click here. )
I’ll be updating this blog once I receive the press release from the Miller campaign. See below:
8/11/10 Press release: “Brian Miller announced at an event this evening that he will be suspending his campaign for Congressional District 8. Brian Miller, a Constitutional conservative Republican, ran his campaign on a platform of limited government, individual freedom, and peace through strength.
Brian Miller released this statement: “Though we have run a tremendously successful grassroots campaign on a limited budget, at this point I do not have the funds to continue this race. My competitors have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising – and it is impossible for me to make up that gap. We are looking to the future, and I believe the only candidate who can beat Gabrielle Giffords in November is Jonathan Paton.
“I want to thank all of my supporters and volunteers from the bottom of my heart. This has not been as easy decision for me, but I think it is best. I will not give up the fight for the Constitution and freedom, because this is an ongoing battle – for me, my family, and all Americans.”