Democrat Allie Braswell, a political unknown and Urban League official, dropped out of the race against Republica Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater on Monday, after a weekend of news reports about his three personal bankruptcies. He said he under estimated the impact the race would have on his family.
The stories were first reported by the Jacksonville Times Union.
Here's the press release from the Democratic Party:
Tallahassee, FL — Today, CFO candidate Allie Braswell made the following statement:
all odds, a boy who played on dirt roads in Oviedo grew up to serve
this great nation as a US Marine, and work as an senior leader at one of
America's most admired companies. That is what has always inspired me
to serve, to ensure that today's boys and girls can live the American
the Urban League, I work every day with people who are struggling to
make it. As I have experienced struggles in my life, so many people are
struggling, and that is what inspired me to run for Florida's Chief
Financial Officer -- to be a champion, standing up for the poor and
I started this campaign I talked with supporters and friends and
family. This weekend, I have again discussed this campaign with those I
love, and have reached a decision. Today, I am withdrawing from the race
for Florida's Chief Financial Officer.
have, at times, faced challenges in life that have not met with the
outcomes I have desired. I take full responsibility for my actions, and
apologize to my supporters. The bright spotlight of a statewide campaign
has cast the ups and downs of my life into harsh relief, and I now know
that this campaign is not the way I was meant to serve my community.
Running statewide is a daunting challenge for any candidate; as a
political outsider, I have now learned that I underestimated how my
campaign would affect those I care about most.