The only problem? He was replaced by a more natural choice, the Congressman’s younger brother Brian.
Last night, while the nation’s eyes were focused on Iowa, Petri announced that he is dropping out.
“Today, after much consideration with my wife Ellen and son Drew, I’m announcing that I am no longer a candidate for Congress this year,” Petri wrote on his campaign’s Facebook page. “In order for us to be successful in November, it is important that we have a strong and unified party. It was clear to me that the primary election was shaping up to be one that would have divided, not unified our party.”
The State Representative also stated that he will instead run for re-election in the 178th district.
The sudden entry of Brian Fitzpatrick, however, changed everything. The ground shifted in his direction and the popularity of the Fitzpatrick name in Bucks made victory difficult to envision.
The ex-FBI man turned politician still has to face former Bucks County Commissioner Andrew Warren and former Bucks County Assistant DA Dean Malik in the April 26th primary. Nevertheless, Petri’s decision makes this Fitzpatrick’s race to win or lose.
The 8th Congressional District consists of all of Bucks County as well as part of upper Montgomery County.