Ohio Democrat Closes Book On Campaign Against Rep. Schmidt
“I have decided I cannot commit the necessary time to run for the U.S. Congress. This was not an easy decision, but it is one that was made with the best intentions for my family, the good people of southern Ohio and the Democratic Party,” Book said, according to the Portsmouth Daily Times newspaper.
Book announced his candidacy in late July, drawing backing from Gov. Ted Strickland and the Ohio Democratic Party. But he reported raising just $64,000 in this year’s third quarter, and the Cincinnati Enquirer said that a labor organization recently rescinded its support of Book’s campaign.