Verne Strickland BlogmasterPosted: Apr 05, 2011 8:25 PM EDT Updated: Apr 05, 2011 8:31 PM EDT
Pietro was recently the subject of a personal attack by a member of McIntyre's staff. Pietro told WECT News Tuesday night that he expected more similar attacks from inside the Democratic Party as the campaign continued, and he did not want to put his family through that type of politics.
"It's saddening," Pietro said, "but I think this is the right decision for the long term."
Pietro has ruled out a run for political office, but says he looks forward to endorsing a qualified primary and general election candidate to represent the citizens of District 7.
He issued this statement:
I am officially announcing that I will be withdrawing my intentions to challenge for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 2012 election. The direct attacks of this past week from Congressman McIntyre's staffer are an indication of what this campaign would be.
I have a wonderful and very loving family and they do not deserve to be put through such a terribly unethical campaign as put forth by Congressman McIntyre and his staffer.
My heart goes out to the people of this district which is the poorest and sickest in North Carolina.
May God be with you.
The official filing period for the Congressional seat does not open until February of 2012.
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