Today, Michael Coblenz, announced his withdrawal from the Democratic Primary for Congress in the Sixth District of Kentucky, and filed the final paperwork with the Federal Election Commission closing his campaign. “After reflection and discussion with friends and family I’ve decided to withdraw from the race to unseat Representative Andy Barr.
“Unfortunately this past August my mother fell and broke her hip. I spent a good deal of time the last few months visiting her in Houston, and after she passed away, visiting my father and helping him with his business. This took a great deal of time, and considerable emotional energy, and made it difficult to engage in the fundraising and networking necessary to lay the foundation of a successful congressional campaign. Therefore I will not file the paperwork with the Kentucky Secretary of State for the Democratic Primary in the Sixth District, and am ending my campaign.
“I entered the race to try to address some of the problems facing our nation, and to specifically address some of the pernicious nonsense being spread by the Tea Party. I had hoped to discuss these issues in the primary and general election, but that didn’t happen. A great deal of my writing addressing a wide variety of issues remains on my web site (www.coblenzforcongress.com) and perhaps it will spark some discussion by others in the upcoming election season.
“My decision to get out of the race was made considerably easier by the fact that there is an outstanding Democratic candidate to challenge Representative Barr. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Elisabeth Jensen on a number of occasions and she is intelligent, articulate, and compassionate. She is committed to helping the people of the Sixth Congressional District and all of Kentucky. She has my deep respect, admiration, and unwavering support.”