Leg Injury Sidelines Martin Gubernatorial Run

Scott Martin (R-13) suspended his campaign for the GOP nomination for Governor on Friday, citing ongoing medical issues due to a recent leg injury.

He slipped on black ice on his driveway on Jan. 8 and broke a bone in his right leg and tore tendons and ligaments in his ankle. Martin said the pieces of his fibula fell into place during surgery but did require a plate and some screws. And the doctor was able to reattach his tendons and ligaments and clean up some arthritis in his ankle from his wrestling and football-playing days.

“The injuries to my leg were beyond a simple broken bone and included a severing of numerous ligaments and tendons in my ankle that are going to require greater and longer rehabilitation that I originally hoped would be necessary,” said the state senator in a statement.

“Continuing to campaign in the coming months would put my future ability to walk without impediment in danger, which is something I cannot do to my own family. It would also mean that I would be unable to campaign in the manner I feel the people of Pennsylvania and the countless supporters who have come to our effort deserve.”

But, as the LNP noted, Martin’s biggest impediment may have been the endorsement given to Bill McSwain by The Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs who supports candidates committed to school choice. As Senate Education chairman, Martin is a vocal proponent for expanding school choice programs for charter and private schools. 

Martin has represented the district that covers the southern half of Lancaster County and all of Lancaster City since 2016.

10 Responses

  1. It’s sad to see Martin go. Luckily though there are some strong central PA guys running like Gerow and Mastriano who could really make a difference.

  2. I was impressed by Martin’s debate performances. He was my top choice but I guess I’ll go with Lou or Doug now.

  3. The Trafalgar poll ending Feb 4 is very clear on where the voters are going for R’s this primary. The two most pro Trumpers are way out ahead of the R Gov pack. Lou is up by 4. Undecided at 29 percent. How can one of the Trumper Gov favorites not win R nomination?

    1. That trafalgar is a joke. Didn’t include one of the leading candidates as an option who has been on tv for almost two months.

      Complete and utter garbage poll

  4. This is so unfortunate. I was very much impressed by both his record and his ability to answer tough questions. His legislative record was also quite impressive, showing an ability to be bipartisan and practical. He was someone who could represent the GOP well on a big stage. Wish him the best on whatever comes next.

    1. He never had a chance. GOP primary voters aren’t looking for bipartisanship, they want a firebrand. Personally as a Democrat, I don’t want bipartisanship either, because it has led us nowhere in addressing major problems like climate change.

    2. Senator Martin stands for supporting guns, removing the governor as an independent part of government, debasing public schools and denying environmental exigencies. He is a good or awful politician, depending on your values and interests. He has a zero rating with the Conservation Voters of PA.

    1. Why not refer him to that Nigerian whacko that DeSantis has running (ruining??) public health in Florida?

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