Monday, July 6, 2009

BREAKING: Barker to withdraw tomorrow

Big political news in the first district today as it was learned Tim Barker is set to withdraw from the first district congressional race tomorrow. Tim Huelskamp apparently spoke with Barker earlier today and has the following statement posted on his website.
Earlier today, I spoke with Tim on the phone and he shared with me the news that he was exiting the Congressional race, and that his mother was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Tim was a worthy opponent, and I congratulate him for his willingness to enter the arena and to be a participant in the political process. And he also brought something important to this race which I wish more political leaders shared with Tim and I -- small business experience.

Our prayers are with Tim and Kelli as they go through this difficult time.

I'm truly sorry to hear of Barker's mother's disease. I have experienced family with Alzheimer's before and it's a horrible disease. Perhaps there's nothing worse that loosing your very memories of years past and failing to recognize those who are closest to you.

I'm sure there will be more news tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Interesting development. His mother has had Alzheimer's disease for years. It's not like this is a new development.

Instead of pinning his failure on his mother, maybe he could just be honest and admit that there were better candidates out there and that he was failing miserably in fund raising....

Anonymous said...

That comment is a very immature response to an unfortunate situation.

Barker is putting the needs of his family over his own political ambitions. It's quite honorable.

Anonymous said...

Its BS. Everyone in Pratt knows his mom has had Alzheimers. He is getting out because he is not generating support for his campaign. Bottom line.