Doug Wade, a Republican Candidate for Congress in CD1 has officially announced that he is dropping out of the race and endorsing Gaither Martin. Wade spent much of his time and energy campaigning in Flagstaff and his home town of Sedona.
Wade’s exit leaves Gaither Martin, Jonathan Paton and Patrick Gatti to fight for first place in the August 28th primary.
Below is Wade’s message to supporters:
“Dear Friends and Loyal Supporters,
Our Congressional campaign trail has been hard fought-and your support and faith in me has been tremendously uplifting and profound.
The reality of a Congressional race, however, is that there’s a need for adequate funding. Our campaign has done well with limited resources, but it’s become evident that my quest is not going to lead to a victory.
The conservative values that we share and the position that Congressional District 1 needs a fresh face and not a career politician are paramount to the future of our state and our nation. I got into this race because I’ve had enough of career politicians and political opportunists.
And so I’d like to bring your attention to a fine gentleman in this race who has treated our campaign with respect and genuine warmth. His name is Gaither Martin and he is a man who can beat Ann Kirkpatrick in this Congressional race and, more importantly, the man we need in Congress right now.
Throughout this campaign, I’ve come to know Gaither and his family and have come to admire him. I’ve had several personal, frank discussions with him and I am confident he represents the values that we share. He has the character, integrity, and vision we need to get this country back on track.
I am suspending my campaign and I’m asking you to join me in voting for Gaither Martin. Gaither’s campaign has the financial momentum to succeed in this race and he is the only candidate with a clean record who can take on liberal career politician, Ann Kirkpatrick. Electing Gaither Martin as the GOP nominee would pull the rug out from under the Democrats’ strategy because the Democrats are focused on Jonathan Paton, believing he will be the nominee, and have already been exploiting his weaknesses. Gaither Martin can be the solid Republican in Congress from our district who cannot be put at risk by a divisive primary.
***It is with great conviction that I am asking you all to vote for Gaither Martin and give him your support immediately for this Republican Primary.***
I will continue to be part of Republican politics and the conservative cause in Northern Arizona and Yavapai County and will work to build what we started, channeling those energies to get voter support for our beliefs and take back our government from the bureaucrats and liberal voices echoed in the liberal elite media.
Please join me in voting for Gaither Martin and let’s send a message that clearly states Republicans stand up for ethics and solid values.
May the Lord bless each of you and Grazina and I look forward to working with all of you in the future. We are better for our journey with you and enriched by your friendship and support.
My warmest regards,