Gary Bartlett, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections, said Tuesday Will Breazeale cannot run for Congress in North Carolina’s 7th District as an independent candidate or as a write-in candidate - reports the Brunswick Beacon.
On Friday, Breazeale, who lost the GOP primary to Ilario Pantano for the 7th Congressional District, said he planned to consider his options to continue his bid for Congress in November, either as an independent candidate or as a write-in candidate.
Bartlett said state law prohibits Breazeale from running for the same seat during the same election after loosing a primary election.
When contacted Tuesday, Breazeale said he recently learned of the laws that would prohibit him from running again for the same seat, but said he is keeping his political options open.
By Caroline Curran
Letter from Will Breazeale:
Allow me to take a moment to say thank you for everything you have done. Not just in 2010, but for the past three years. I am so blessed to have had the support of so many kind and wonderful people during my two runs for Congress. For everyone that has helped along the way, my deepest and heartfelt thanks. Running for office is not easy. I could have never done it without you.
Over the past week there has been a lot of speculation as to my political future. I remain amazed at the innuendo people have been able to invent between their ears. Rumors in politics are like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together. Perhaps it is because our party's nominee and leadership spends so much time focusing on how to keep others from running and not on their own candidacy, that this seat has not gone Republican in more than 100 years?
Buyers remorse is a tough pill to swallow. I cannot help but think that perhaps many who voted for Ilario Pantano are now realizing their nominee's claim to fame is the execution of two unarmed Iraqis? In turn, they are already attempting to set up a scapegoat (me) in order to justify his inevitable, massive failure in November.
With that in mind, allow me to set the record straight: I will formally announce my future political intentions on Tuesday, May 18th, at 10 a.m. I will hold a press conference at the New Hanover County Government Center, 230 Government Center Drive in Wilmington. Members of the public and press are invited to attend. I am pleased to announce that I will be joined at that time by my fellow primary opponent, Randy Crow. I look forward to seeing you all then.
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