Middletown Mayor Dan Drew withdraws from Governor’s Race

(WTNH / Tim Clune)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown Mayor Dan Drew suspended his campaign for Governor Friday, citing difficulties raising the funds necessary to qualify for public campaign financing.

In a post on his facebook page Friday, Drew said that both he and State Representative Liz Linehan, who was Drew’s running-mate for Lieutenant Governor, thanked their supporters and families for helping launch their campaign one year ago.

We have spent the past year getting to know the people of Connecticut and listening to them. In nearly every town and city in every county, we met people who believe in Connecticut. It has been a tremendous honor to do so.

After discussions between us and with our families, we have decided to end our campaigns for Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut. Ultimately it became very difficult to raise the required funds to qualify for public financing. Other campaigns are on their way, and we look forward to supporting the Democratic team.

Most of all, we want to thank you so much for your support. Hundreds of volunteers came forward. The people made more than 4,000 contributions, and we raised $280,000 since the start of Dan’s exploratory committee in January of 2017. We have appreciated that grassroots support so much.

On a personal note we want to thank our spouses and children. Campaigning is a major commitment, and they were incredibly supportive throughout.

We are proud of running an issues-based campaign focused on middle class economic equality, working people’s rights, and creating more opportunity for the people of Connecticut.

We believe in that future because we believe in the people of Connecticut. We believe that our best days are ahead of us and that we should all be proud to fight for a society that understands that healthcare is a right, that the middle class shouldn’t be paying more in taxes than the wealthy, that our air & water should be clean, and that education should be wonderful for every child. While some people will denigrate anyone who fights for those things, we will stand with you and proudly proclaim those values.

We’ll continue to work for a society that protects people who need it, provides opportunity, and that doesn’t exploit the vulnerable. It’s been an honor to pursue that goal. We will be by your side in pursuing it in the future.

To you who supported us, thank you. It means more than we can ever express.

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