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.