LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- One man drops out of the Arkansas Congressional race after facing "too many hurdles," he says. Drew Pritt is no longer running against Tim Griffin for U.S. Congress.
Pritt was in Alaska helping Diane Benson in her 2010 run for Lt. Governor. Her son is a wounded soldier who lost his legs in Iraq in 2005. Now home, he was going to be helped through an organization called "Homes for Our Troops" Pritt offered to have a fundraiser to help out Benson. His fundraiser brought in $3,170 but Homes for Our Troops never received those funds.
In September, Pritt put his name in the hat for Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress. Monday, October 31 he withdrew his name from the race. He said, "I have withdrawn from races before and it simply is a question of too many hurdles to overcome. I have my health first and foremost to consider. The fact I do not have the financial means to self-fund what will be a highly competitive race is an obstacle. And the fact a few people use the internet to spread malicious gossip and slander my name just is an added obstacle. In the end, I have to do what is right for myself, for my party, and for the people of the 2nd Congressional District and that is to withdraw my candidacy for U.S. Congress at that time."
Two online sources with more from Alaska are the Anchorage Daily News and Bent Alaska.
The Police Department in Anchorage, AK have an ongoing investigation and do list Pritt as a suspect in the missing money.
Pritt's former Facebook page and campaign websites are currently unavailable.