State Senator Mike Delph has just announced that he will not be a candidate in the race for Congress following the announcement of Congressman Burton to not seek re-election. Here is the very well done and classy statement from one who would have been an instant top contender in the district, (but may have split the conservative vote):
"In September I released a statement withdrawing my name from any consideration for federal office in the United States Congress. With the retirement of Congressman Burton there has been renewed and intense speculation on a possible Mike Delph candidacy for the 5th Congressional District. Out of respect for the political process and the desires of many friends, family, and supporters, I have taken the last week to revisit the issue.
While I have been very encouraged by both the political and financial support offered to me, the underlying circumstances have not changed. My daughters are young and heavily involved in the community. Missing mornings and evenings with my girls is not a sacrifice I am willing to make. As Governor Daniels once said, 'I love my country, but I love my family more.' For those reasons, I will not be a candidate for Congress in 2012. To my family, friends, and supporters, I remain deeply grateful and touched from your faith and confidence in me. I don't ever want to let you down."