Worzala quits Congressional race
MADISON Dane County Treasurer Dave Worzala on Tuesday abruptly dropped out of the 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary, surprising even his staff.
"It was a surprise to me and the staff when he told us yesterday (Monday)," said Jake Breymaier, Worzala's campaign manager. "He said it just wasn't the right time to run."
Worzala issued a press release late Tuesday morning saying he made the decision after considering the campaign with family and friends.
"Since I announced my bid for Congress last September, my campaign has seen tremendous progress," he said. "However, after careful consideration, I believe the time is not right for my candidacy."
His four former opponents expressed disappointment and praise.
"It's unfortunate he bowed out," said Dennis Hall, a security consultant living in Cambridge. "People of the 2nd District are better off the more qualified candidates we have."
Hall is a Janesville native and former member of the Janesville City Council.
Assembly Rep. Kelda Helen Roys praised Worzala for his stance on issues, especially the federal budget and campaign finance.
"I have personally enjoyed getting to know Dave better over the past few months and appreciated his eloquence when discussing the need to advance our shared progressive values in crafting the federal budget," she said. "I commend Dave for his integrity in confronting the problem of how we fund our elections and the increasing corporate influence in our democracy."
Mark Pocan, a Madison Assembly representative, complimented Worzala for his pledge to run a clean campaign.
"Dave's promise to run a clean campaign is a testament to his integrity," Pocan said. "Dave elevated the debate in this race, which is something he should be proud of."
Matt Silverman, a lawyer and Army Reserve captain who lives in Madison, thanked Worzala for his dedication to public service.
"He ran a campaign of ideas, which is something that improves the political climate for all Americans," Silverman said.
Worzala said he will support the Democratic primary winner.
"Although I will not be running for office, I will do my part to ensure Democratic victories this fall," he said.