I believe the best approach with difficult news is to be direct and simple, so here it is: I have decided to withdraw my candidacy for the California Assembly in 2014.
As I initially considered my decision to run, I felt I could strike an acceptable balance between family life and the demands of mounting a first-time political campaign. Of course I knew it would be challenging; life with our five children, ages 6-13, is quite full even in normal circumstances. There are myriad school activities and programs, soccer, baseball and other sports, church activities, community theater, and the list goes on. Well, even though my wife Adelaide is a wonder when it comes to managing our busy family schedule, my early campaign experience has given me valuable insights that have caused me to reevaluate my choice to run.
My concern about our children's future in California was one of the principle reasons behind my candidacy. That makes this change of plans especially difficult and it's a decision I've wrestled with. But despite my personal commitment, I've determined the timing of this pursuit is just too soon for my still-young family. My roles as husband and father are the ones I prize most, and it has become clear to me that conducting a successful Assembly campaign will require me to spend too much time away from my children at a time when they still need me. They will only be young once, and I don't want to largely miss an important time that they and I will never get back.
However, none of this changes my conviction that we need leaders who will put California on a more sensible, sustainable and prosperous path. Although I won't be a candidate in 2014, I will find other ways to stay in that fight and will continue to promote the conservative principles that will lead us to a stronger future. I also look forward to helping other Republican candidates who can bring much needed balance and crucial reform to Sacramento.
I want to warmly thank everyone who has supported me in this endeavor. Your shared commitment has been inspiring and your words of personal encouragement have been humbling. Although my leadership as a candidate may be pushed back for now, I will continue working toward a dynamic and diverse Republican Party and solutions that lift us all.