Politics is getting so ridiculous in the US that we now have a candidate that has dropped out of the race because she truly fears for her safety.
The Democratic candidate running against anti-immigrant Republican Congressman Steve King (IA) announced Saturday that she is dropping out of the race for her own safety, reported David Ferguson of Raw Story.
Kim Weaver wrote in her Facebook post Saturday night, “Over the last several weeks, I have been evaluating personal circumstances along with the political climate regarding this campaign. After much deliberation, I have determined that the best decision for me is to withdraw my candidacy for the US House race in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District.”
She said since her 2016 campaign, she has been receiving threats of physical violence and murder. She also mentioned “recent events at my home” were forcing her to re-evaluate her decision to run against King.
“While some may say enduring threats are just a part of running for office, my personal safety has increasingly become a concern,” Weaver said.
She also mentioned she would risk losing her health coverage if she quit her job to campaign full time, and Weaver said her mother is in poor health in Des Moines.
“I feel that it’s necessary to be more available to support her. Considering this, along with the time and energy it takes to succeed as a candidate, I realize that I can’t fully commit to both,” Weaver wrote. “With all this in mind, I have made the difficult decision to end my campaign, and to move out of the district and back to Des Moines where I grew up.”
Weaver thanked her campaign staff, family and friends and urged them to continue with the effort to unseat Steve King.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)