“More than twenty years ago I made a decision to leave the safety and security of a good paying job to take a chance on myself and build a business of my own. I had done my homework and understood that there was not only a tremendous amount of risk involved, but that my character, my integrity, my belief in personal responsibility, and being accountable for all three would be tested to the limit. I also understood that, although I had control over my company, I did not have control over the inner workings of the companies I chose to do business with, nor the economy and its obvious role in the markets with which we participate.
As the economy continues to deteriorate, and large customers push payments on receivables well beyond that which we had originally agreed to, tough decisions have to be made. My employees, their families, my customers, my supply chain, the thousands of source employees I feel responsible for, and most of all my family, need to know that the husband, the father and the leader they depend on, is doing the responsible thing. I have full confidence in those I’ve hired to lead my company in my absence, but what does it say about me, my character, my integrity, and my leadership ability if I continue down the current path ignoring obvious problems and the consequences that ‘could’ go along with them?
That said, and after talking with my family, members of my company, deep thought, and a lot of prayer, I have made what I believe to be a conscious, responsible decision, and that is to step down as a Candidate for the United States House of Representatives, for Iowa’s First Congressional District, and take personal responsibility for that which I founded more than twenty years ago and help secure the future of my company, and those that are depending upon me and the kind of sound judgment they’ve grown to expect.
Over the past several days, I have traveled throughout our district, and beyond, in an effort to return the nearly $100,000.00 in ‘remaining’ financial contributions to those that believed, and still believe, in my ability to win this congressional seat. My decision to return the contributions came without hesitation, as they were in support of a joint effort, and once that effort ceases, who am I to keep that which doesn’t belong to me. Once my decision was made, I believed it my responsibility as well, to those contemplating a congressional run, the respect they deserve in making them aware of my decision as soon as possible, and I look forward to helping the ‘conservative’ that eventually wins the primary, as best I can.
To my supporters; I am not leaving politics, and as time permits I will continue to travel and speak to you and others in regard to our conservative values, principles and my constitutionally based solutions, and once this issue is behind me, I will return. Finally, thank you to all the volunteers, my staff and everyone involved in helping me throughout this process. Your love and support will never be forgotten, nor will I ever take it for granted. I hope I didn’t let you down then, and I hope I’m not letting you down now. God bless you all.”