Paige drops out of 11th District primary
Republican Chris Paige has withdrawn from the primary in the 11th Congressional District, making Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta the party’s de facto nominee for the third time in the last decade.
Paige, whose candidacy was notable for his self-managed messaging style, announced his decision in a blog post over the weekend. His nominating petitions were being challenged in an effort to keep him off the ballot. And while Paige said he was “confident that I would prevail, I am equally confident that a protracted legal battle would not advance the causes I believe in, and—ultimately—those issues are more important than my personal political fortunes.”
“I began this race because I had something important to say about the bailouts and their moral, economic and political costs to our society and because I was alarmed by the dangerous ongoing transformation in our country and its politics, and I sincerely regret that I won’t have an opportunity to continue fighting for you and for the ideals we share,” Paige wrote. “Realistically, I knew the forces in favor of plundering our wealth and subverting our democracy were likely to prevail in the end, but I believed that I had been called to try, and I tried with everything I had.”
He also alluded to a recent death in the family, and said in a subsequent e-mail to pa2010.com that he dropped out to “address some health and family issues.”
Barletta, who has carried the Republican banner in the general election twice before, was the only other GOP candidate seeking to get on the primary ballot. Paige had been fiercely critical of Barletta and his electoral viability, and Paige did not endorse Barletta in his farewell message. Though Barletta was always considered the front-runner with deep party support, Paige, a wealthy hedge fund lawyer, was expected to dip into his own pocket to fund a race that would have drained some money from Barletta’s war chest.
On the Democratic side, Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien is looking to knock off incumbent Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-11).
March 23, 2010 at 10:00 am