Former New York Governor George Pataki Bows Out
Polk County GOP Picnic Sets Record Ticket Sales for Saturday Event
DES MOINES, IA: In overnight developments, former New York Governor George Pataki has informed Polk County (IA) Republican officials he will not be making an appearance at the Polk GOP Picnic on Saturday August 27.
The former three-term Governor from New York has also issued the following statement regarding weeks of speculation about a run for the Presidency(excerpted):
"Today, my family and I have reached the very difficult decision not to seek the office of President of the United States... While I have chosen not to run, I remain committed to the cause and will support a candidate who offers the vision, the ideas and the leadership to bring an end to America's debt crisis."
Polk County GOP Chairman Kevin McLaughlin said, "We regret that Governor Pataki has decided to forgo an Iowa appearance with Texas Governor Rick Perry, U.S. Congressman Ron Paul and U.S. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, but we are still nearly sold out for Saturday'