Tuesday, September 2, 2008

In AZ-04 Republican Primary, Write-In Candidate Richard Grayson Concedes to Don Karg, Endorses Democratic Incumbent Rep. Ed Pastor

PHOENIX, Sept. 2, 2008 - Richard Grayson, the state-certified write-in candidate in the Republican primary for Arizona's Fourth Congressional District, tonight conceded defeat to 2002 and 2004 nominee, Don Karg. He then announced his support for Democratic incumbent Congressman Ed Pastor as "the only qualified candidate in the race."

"With the results in from today's Republican primary," Grayson said in a statement, "I would like to congratulate Don Karg for winning his third consecutive nomination in Arizona's Fourth Congressional District. Unfortunately, as The Arizona Republic noted editorially in his 2004 run, Mr. Karg is not a serious candidate for a major political party and is unfit and unqualified to serve in the House of Representatives."

"I heartily endorse incumbent Congressman Ed Pastor, who has done a good job serving his constituents in this district," Grayson continued.

"He is not only the only qualified candidate running in this race; he is a smart, compassionate public servant and a thoughtful, effective lawmaker. I will do anything I can to support his re-election."

"Thanks to the eight people who voted for me in today's primary," Grayson said. "I am gratified and honored by your support and surprised that 0.01% of Republicans can write."