In his announcement, Leach cited his family and the allegations against him as his reasons for dropping out of a run for the new 4th Congressional distrcit.
“I think about the life experience I want our 17 and 15 year-old children to have as they go through the stress of adolescence and applying for college. I don’t want to spend their last years of childhood at a Quality Inn in DC, or making four hours of fundraising calls a day. I’ve decided it is just not worth it,” Leach wrote.
“I’ve come to grasp that despite being worldly-wise and hard-bitten about some things, I was profoundly naive about others. I wrote about some of these things in the Philadelphia Inquirer last month.”
Leach’s announcement opens the field a bit more for the declared candidates in the race for the new 4th district, State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, state Rep. Madeleine Dean and CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman.