It’s official. Andrew Horne is leaving the race for U.S. Senate.
Just in from Andrew Horne:
I’m writing you today with some disappointing news. This afternoon I informed Governor Steve Beshear of my decision to withdraw from the United States Senate race.
This decision was difficult for many reasons, not least because of the major challenges facing our Commonwealth and Country. Millions of Americans live without quality health care, we have shamefully disregarded the needs of our veterans, our education system is deeply flawed, and we remain embroiled in a mismanaged and ill-conceived war. Through it all, Mitch McConnell is more interested in expanding the scope of his own power than using his office to benefit the hardworking families who make our country great.
I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for everything you have done to support me in this campaign. I won’t be the Democrat challenging Mitch McConnell next November, but our work is far from done. We must continue to fight for the values that brought us together. I look forward to working with you for many years to come.
Again, thank you so much.
UPDATE @ 8:30 P.M.:
Greg Fischer’s Statement on Horne’s Withdrawal:
“First and foremost, I want to offer my gratitude to Andrew Horne for his sacrifice and service to our country. I also want to thank him for the dedication and grassroots spirit he brought to this campaign.
>Now, more than ever we need the clearest contrast to beat Senator Mitch McConnell in November. If we want to change Washington, we need to change the people we send there. I invite Andrew Horne’s supporters to join me in that fight.”
Fischer’s response to reporter who asked if Greg would also be withdrawing:
“With Andrew’s departure I feel even more strongly that we, as Kentucky Democrats, should have a real choice come May, not some nominee forced upon us by the Washington stablishment.”