Libba and I want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your unwavering support during this campaign. We are truly humbled by the encouragement of so many Kansans from all walks of life from every corner of the state.
Over the weekend I – along with the Republican candidates for Governor – stood on the debate stage to outline a vision for Kansas. I'm proud of our values, and our stand for efficient, effective government. I presented that vision to thunderous applause from over 800 Republicans in attendance Saturday night.
But I also listened. I listened to the other candidates and I quickly came to the conclusion that I could be the spoiler in this race for the conservative values we hold so dear. I've always said this race isn't about me or my resume – it's about taking our conservative platform and making it into policy to improve the lives of all Kansans.
That is why today I am suspending my campaign for Governor of the great state of Kansas.
Over the past few months traveling the state, Libba and I have come to know Kris Kobach and his beautiful family. The Kris Kobach that I now know is not the Kris Kobach that is maligned by liberal Kansas media. He is a fighter, and for that he takes a lot of arrows, but he does not back down from the fight for our principles.
Standing on the stage Saturday night, I listened, and I heard a candidate speaking for me and for the conservative movement. That is why today I am endorsing Kris Kobach for Kansas Governor.
We can't keep going along the path we are on. Higher taxes, bloated government, poor service, and an out-of-touch governor who won't take a stand on the issues most important to Republicans.
I encourage you to support Kris and his family as he fights for us and for the Republican nomination for Governor.
Thank you again for your kindness and support throughout this race.