Saturday, May 17, 2008

Ted Blunt Suspends his Campaign for Lt. Gov.

Wilmington City Council President Ted Blunt suspended his campaign for Lt. Gov. yesterday. He cited party unity and the high cost of campaigning in his statement:

"The first reason is that I believe we are at a pivotal juncture in our State and in our Country that will require us to make individual sacrifices for the greater good. As we look to the fall elections, a united Democratic Party will be more successful, than a divided one.
"Second, over the past two years we have worked to raise money and spread our message of building strong families and communities. Because of the hundreds of contributors, we were able to raise almost $200,000. This is more than we raised during all of my campaigns combined. However, it is clear to me that mounting a statewide campaign at this time in our history requires unprecedented resources and is a challenge even for someone who has run successfully for over 20 years.

By way of comparison, Matt Denn had $370,000 on hand as of December 31, 2007, which is roughly what John Carney spent in all of 2004.
Ted has won praise for the way he has led City Council over the last eight years. He chose to be the honest broker, and Council has operated smoothly due in no small part to his charm and ability to forge a consensus among his twelve colleagues.
By the way, I learned the news when an anonymous reader posted a comment on this blog last night.

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