Saying he was now ready to “fight a different fight,” Chris Thieneman said today that he felt that we was under “heavy pressure” to back out of his run for the Republican nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.
Thieneman told me that “someone in Mitch McConnell’s inner circle” told him that the Senator had made it clear who his choice was in the race. He summarized what McConnell expressed to his aide this way:
“There is no way that Chris Thieneman is going to win this primary. Anne Northup is my pawn from now on.”
Thieneman added that McConnell aide Larry Cox had left him a message with instructions to talk with him before he went on WHAS Radio again. That may have been the straw that motivated Thieneman, who was born and raised a Democrat but switched parties, to announce on WHAS this morning that not only is he dropping out of the race, but that he’s leaving the Republican Party.
“It was like when you prepare for a football game and walk on the field ready to go, and then your own teammates start hitting you,” he said.
Thieneman said he was prepared to put $250,000 of his own money into the race. This experience has soured him on the Republican Party, but not politics in general.
“I will still fight any politician that I know is doing the community an injustice,” he said.