As reported right here over a week ago…
Via email from Jeff Cook for Congress
March 28, 2006
I would like to take this time to express to you my heartfelt gratitude for the support you’ve shown over the past six months. As you know, last September I formed an exploratory committee to consider the possibility of running to represent New York’s 19th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
We have put together a great team of talented individuals, raised nearly $100,000 and had the privilege of meeting hundreds of neighbors and families from across the Hudson Valley. We’ve talked about the issues that really matter and what Americans should be able to expect from their elected officials. I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from those in New York and across the nation, and today I find it difficult to write this letter.
After months of consideration and honest conversations with family, friends and supporters, I have decided not to seek election at this time. Of course, this is not an easy decision. As we have explored this race, I have come to understand the hard reality of challenging an incumbent of one’s own party in a primary. In order to win, we would have to run an incredibly expensive and negative campaign—the type of campaign that is not in the best interests of the Hudson Valley, our long-term efforts or the values that have motivated me to seek public office.
In the months ahead, I will continue to be a voice for fiscal and ethical accountability and our inclusive conservative message that one day I hope to take to Washington. I will remain active in my community and work hard to build a grassroots network of support. Together, we will achieve victory at the appropriate time.
Once again, thank you so much for your friendship and support. We have laid the groundwork for future success, and more importantly, our message has been heard.
Paid for and authorized by Jeff Cook for Congress Exploratory Committee
My sources tell me he had only raised $40,000 and spent $30,000 of it at the last FEC report. But hey, what’s $60,000 among friends?
I admire Jeff for having the guts to run for Congress. I am completely baffled as to why you would take on an incumbent of your own party at such a young age. I don’t think it did him or his former boss, Patrick Guerriero, any favors with the majority party leadership on Capitol Hill.
GP Prediction — Jeff Cook will become at least an “independent” (if not a born-again Democrat) like former Republican state legislator Steve May or closeted liberal DC Congressman David Catania.