U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach just dropped out of the Republican primary election for the governor's office, according to a statement released by his campaign. Gerlach's spokesman, Kori Walter, said the campaign has raised more than $1 million but needed much more to win the primary.
"He believed that he would have needed four times that to be competitive and win the primary," Walter told PhillyClout. "Jim looked at this and said: In order to get the resources we need, he'd need to spend pretty much all of his time raising money." That, Walter added, would prevent Gerlach from meeting with voters.
So what does Gerlach do now? Federal Election Commission records still list him as a candidate for his 6th Congressional seat. And an e-mail Gerlach sent to voters today said he would "continue my public service." Does that mean a run for another term in Congress?
"At this point, we don’t have any comment about what Jim may or may not be doing in the future," Walter said. "He simply told us that he has not ruled anything in or out."
Here's the Gerlach news release:
CONGRESSMAN JIM GERLACH WITHDRAWS FROM GUBERNATORIAL RACE
Vows to Continue Public Service and Working Hard to Improve Our Commonwealth and Country
(EXTON, PA) - Republican Congressman Jim Gerlach announced Thursday that he was ending his campaign for governor.
"I entered the race for Governor in order to continue my public service, put forth new ideas for creating jobs, protecting our taxpayers, families and seniors and reinvigorating the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that we all love so much. I am not giving up on achieving those goals. I am, however, ending my campaign for governor.
"This decision comes after great reflection with my wonderful wife, Karen, our children and numerous, candid discussions with all of our dedicated supporters and staff. This past year has been extremely gratifying, and I have few regrets. Ideas have been the bedrock of my campaign. I unveiled a "17-point Pledge to Pennsylvania" - the most specific and comprehensive vision for leading our Commonwealth offered thus far by any candidate for Governor. I am convinced that these are the best ideas for guiding our Commonwealth back to greatness. But the harsh reality is that the best ideas alone do not always propel candidates to victory on Election Day.
"While we have successfully raised over $1 million, traveled thousands of miles all across this Commonwealth and signed up more than 19,000 supporters eager to help us win, today's media-driven campaigns require four times that amount to wage a successful primary. That left me with two choices: either spend all of my time raising money with little time left for meeting with voters; or withdrawing my candidacy and working even harder to serve the public. I am choosing to serve the public -- many of whom have graciously rewarded me with their support for nearly two decades.
"I want to express my tremendous appreciation to and affection for our many contributors, supporters, volunteers, staff, and well-wishers. You have been nothing short of awesome and it is because of your support and encouragement that I will continue to travel the Commonwealth advocating commonsense ideas to create jobs, reduce taxes and cut runaway spending, and make government work for all of our families. I want to be clear about one thing: this campaign for governor has stoked my passion for honest, effective, and efficient government, and I intend to continue to raise my voice, and work hard in the months and years ahead."