State Senate President Mike Haridopolos' campaign for the U.S. Senate has unexpectedly ended. This is just days after two top staffers announced their resignations.
The departure of campaign manager Tim Baker and campaign advisor Pat Bainter were the last in a series of stumbles and missteps that plagued Haridopolos, who has had trouble serving in his role as Senate president while campaigning for the United States Senate.
"It became increasingly clear to me, and those around me, that the responsibilities I was managing on both fronts are in conflict. I truly believed I could handle both jobs, but I was wrong. Now I am determined to make it right," said Haridopolos.
"Today, I am announcing that I will no longer be a candidate for the United States Senate, nor will I seek any other office this year or next. Instead, I am re-dedicating myself to finishing the job you sent me to do here in Florida," he said.
The Senate field has now been narrowed to Florida’s 34th Senator - George LeMieux, former House Majority leader Adam Hasner, retired Army Colonel Mike McCalister and former Ruth’s Chris CEO Craig Miller. The Republicans are vying to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Bill Nelson.
"I wish Mike, Stephanie, and his family all the best and thank them for their commitment to public service," said former U.S. Senator George Lemieux.
“Mike Haridopolos is a leader who has worked for years to push a bold vision in the Florida legislature. Mike and I agree that to create good jobs for Floridians we need to reduce our debt and create an environment that nurtures America's entrepreneurial spirit. I hope Mike's supporters will consider joining me in my fight to retire Bill Nelson and end Harry Reid's reign as Majority Leader," concluded LeMieux.
Mike McCalister and Craig Miller have not returned calls or text messages for comment.
"Mike Haridopolos has always been a friend. He made a difficult decision today and I respect him for making it. Jillian and I wish Mike, Stephanie and the entire Haridopolos family the very best,” said Adam Hasner in a written statement.
"Our campaign remains focused on the important issues facing our country, and the principled, limited-government leadership we need in Washington,” concluded Hasner.