February 26, 2008
Truitt to drop out in CD07

John Truitt, who had announced his intent to run as an independent in CD07, has sent out an email saying he will abandon that effort. From the email:

With the race for the Presidency so tight, the turnout for early voting in the Texas primaries is already much, much higher than expected. This means that it will be virtually impossible to find enough registered voters in our district who do not vote in the primaries to sign the petition required to have my name placed on the ballot.

Never-the-less, the stakes are too high and our country's future is the issue. So how in good concience could I ask anyone not to vote? In fact the only patriotic thing I can do under the circumstances is ask that you PLEASE VOTE!

I hope all of you vote. Not just in the primaries, but in November, too. As for our campaign . . . perhaps we'll try again in 2010.

I'd been wondering what the effect of a third candidate might be in this race since the Skelly polling memo came out. Now I don't need to worry about it. CD07 usually has high turnout compared to other districts, so this would have been an especially tough year to get the petition sigs needed for an independent run. Nonetheless, I commend Mr. Truitt for his dedication, and for his classy and civic-minded exit from this race. Good luck to you and whatever you do next, sir.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 26, 2008 to Election 2008