The sudden move strikes me as very odd, timed as it is after Smith's momentum-gaining personal commitment to his campaign as expressed in his financial statement of last quarter. It leaves heir apparent Mitch Englander with little opposition and an ungodly amount of cash to trounce whoever's left; onetime longshot Kelly Lord has garnered very little traction in the race.
Smith's presser follows:
All -Thank you for your support and encouragement in this effort. It has been truly rewarding to see so much support from my hometown, a community that Maria and I love. However, it is with deep regret that I am announcing I am withdrawing from the race. For very real personal and financial issues, I will not be able to devote the time and energy necessary to this campaign.Although it appears at this point my name will remain on the ballot, I will not be actively campaigning, fundraising, advertising, or endorsing any other candidate. This is a personal decision arrived at after much thought.We will, of course, be paying our campaign bills and returning as much as we can to our donors. Again, thank you again for your kindnesses and encouragement; I truly appreciate it.Very respectfully,Brad Smith