I wanted to update you on my plans and status with regards to the upcoming congressional race. As most of you are aware, I am not a career politician and in fact the 2010 congressional contest was my first foray into elective politics.
It was an amazing experience. The best part of it was meeting so many of you that I would have had no occasion to meet otherwise. The support we received and the friendships we formed have changed our lives forever. I was honored and humbled to be your candidate.
Based upon the polling data, how we performed in 2010, the new district and other feedback I have received, I believe that we would have an excellent chance of prevailing in both the primary and general election. This is the first chance in over a decade that our district is competitive, and there is a real opportunity to elect a conservative to represent the central coast. It won’t be an easy fight but it is certainly winnable. This seat is one of the top 10 targeted nationwide by the GOP for a turnover.
After consulting with my family over the last few months and considering my ongoing business commitments, it has become clear that the timing for another congressional run is not optimal. The time and effort required to mount a successful and credible campaign is significant and life has a way of inserting itself into one’s plans.
So it is with great regret that I am formally announcing that I will not be seeking elective office this cycle. I intend to lend my full support to the effort to elect conservatives to office. It is imperative that we elect not just Republicans, but conservatives who have the personal courage and integrity to take the difficult stands needed to return our republic to its Constitutional roots, avoid financial collapse, deal with the long term structural entitlement issues and most importantly, preserve our hard won liberties.
As much I would love to run again and believe we would win, family and other considerations outweigh my personal desires to serve at this point in my life. I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement in the 2010 campaign and continued enthusiasm for my candidacy. I will remain engaged in the battle to preserve the promise of America for my son and future generations and will certainly consider another run in the future.
This election, like the last one, will be crucial to preserve a thriving America. I am optimistic the American people will make the right choices again.
WATSON RECEIVES NUMEROUS LAW ENFORCEMENT ENDORSEMENTS
Tom Watson, Republican candidate for Congress, today announced he has received the endorsement of several law enforcement organizations including:
-Police Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
-Oxnard Police Officers Association
-San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriffs Association
-Ventura County Sheriff – Bob Brooks
“These organizations represent the brave men and women in law enforcement across the 23rd Congressional District which are dedicated to professionalism, meeting the needs of the law enforcement community, and promoting better and safer communities.
“I am especially honored to receive the endorsement of PORAC, one of the Nation’s largest law enforcement organizations, because they have traditionally endorsed Democrats. In fact, they have endorsed most of the Democrat ticket for statewide office in 2010. It shows that party lines don’t matter when you put the concerns of the people first,” stated Watson.